Type 2 Diabetes

It's a Type 2 Life
It's a Type 2 Life

San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes

  • Jun 21 2012

    Flozin in Time

    Putting aside all the crummy problems that come with diabetes, it’s a pleasure to watch good minds in action as they focus on how to control, and eventually defeat, the disease. One of the best places to see what they’ve come up with is the ...

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  • Jun 18 2012

    Buying Time Before Insulin

    Last week I wrote about my high blood glucose levels and my doctor’s recommendation that I begin taking insulin. I agreed and signed up to take a course on how to prepare insulin and use a syringe. As I write this, I’m waiting to confirm my...

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  • Jun 14 2012

    My Own Private Rubicon

    The expression “to cross the Rubicon” means to make a choice that’s not only life-changing but may be impossible to undo. It comes from ancient Rome when the city tried to protect itself from generals who were coming off of big victories in ...

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  • Jun 11 2012

    Unwelcome Wonders Never Cease

    I’ve mentioned before that I occasionally participate in drug trials for my endocrinologist. The arrangement is very enticing: I get regular checkups, including ECGs and blood tests. Sometimes the test sponsor pays for my regular diabetes medic...

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  • May 10 2012

    My Pill Is Not My Savior

    I’m lucky enough to have hooked up with a great endocrinologist who happens to be one of the people pharmaceutical companies rely on for Phase III trails of their anti-diabetes drugs. (Phase III trials are the last step before drugs go to the F...

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  • May 04 2012

    Seducing Hope

    My wife and I keep a list on our refrigerator of the greatest things people have invented—everything from zippers and manmade fire to insulin and smartphones. Trying to come up with things to add to it is one of our favorite pastimes. We bot...

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  • Apr 05 2012

    We’re All Scientists Now

    A few days ago, while I was walking my doofus boxer, Baxter, I noticed a couple of eight-year-old boys who had just overturned a big rock along the path. Their faces wore fascination at what they’d found underneath: tiny salamanders, which they...

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  • Apr 02 2012

    Welcome to “It’s a Type 2 Life”

    A publisher I once worked for had a policy about what you call people who have diabetes. “You call them ‘people with diabetes,’” he said. He hated the word “diabetic” because he thought it implied that diabetes is all that you are, and not jus...

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About the Author

Bay Area resident Patrick Totty was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July, 2003.

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