San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
Jul 31 2012
No Pony in the Manure
There's an old joke about twin brothers, one of whom is an incurable optimist. On their eighth birthday, the parents put a beautiful wooden rocking pony in one son’s room and a waist-deep pile of manure in the optimist’s room, hoping to teac...
Jul 25 2012
What Smoking Taught Me About Diabetes
I was a heavy smoker for 12 years. When I quit, I was up to two packs per day. I don’t know where I got the willpower, but by the time I’d gone three weeks without a smoke, I knew I was done with cigarettes forever.My older brother, who’d been smo...
Jul 23 2012
"Shock and Awe" Comes to Type 2
For years treating type 2 has followed a predictable path: First, try to modify symptoms through diet and exerciseAs the disease progresses, add metformin to the mixWhen metformin becomes less effective, introduce a sulfonylurea on top of th...
Jul 18 2012
Not Yet on Needles or Pens
I went to my insulin management class this morning. It lasted 90 minutes and was an eye opener. The instructor, a certified diabetes educator, surprised me when she said that my recent experiment to try lowering my blood sugar averages with ste...
Jul 17 2012
Prioritizing Paul’s Fears
My neighbor Paul (not his real name) has type 2 diabetes and we often compare notes. He’s a bit of a hypochondriac, so when we discuss what going on with ourselves, certain of his fears emerge. So far, I’ve just listened. If you listen long e...
Jul 11 2012
I’m entering the fifth week of my experiment with a low-carb diet and a renewed exercise regimen to see if I can put off starting insulin therapy. I started with the high hope that I could drive my fasting numbers down far enough to avoid start...
Jul 06 2012
Swimming the Information Sea
Besides coming to Healthline and reading what various contributors have to say, how do you stay abreast of all the growing volume of news about diabetes? One of the simplest ways is to Google or Bing the topics “diabetes news,” “type 2 diabe...
Jul 05 2012
The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay
Back in the day—I’m dating myself here—when they taught poetry in the public schools, one popular poem was “The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay,” a famous 19th-century verse by Oliver Wendell Holmes. A shay was a small two-person buggy, drawn by one...
Jun 28 2012
The Symbiosis of Hope and Huckster
A couple of weekends ago my Sunday paper had a four-color, full-page ad from a chiropractic doctor who was inviting people to come on down to a suburban hotel, eat a fancy dinner (the ad had a photo of an expensive cut of roast being sliced on ...
Jun 26 2012
An Update on My Insulin-Avoidance Gambit
A couple of blogs ago I discussed my experiment to see if a low-carb diet could alter my blood glucose readings. The idea was to drive them down far enough to let me hold off taking insulin therapy. I’m happy to go on insulin if I need to. But ...