San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
Nov 15 2012
Goodbye, Farewell, Adieu
This is my last Healthline blog. When I started blogging here in April, I had serious concerns about posting twice a week. There’s only so much you can say about type 2, I thought. But several months and 60-odd blog entries later, it turns...
Nov 13 2012
Do Sulfonylureas Add to Cardiovascular Risks?
One of the challenges to having type 2 is trying to stay abreast of new research about the disease. That’s why routinely checking out sites like Healthline on the Internet can be a big help when it comes to talking to your doctor or endocrinolo...
Nov 08 2012
Tomorrow Belongs to Us
Every one of us who has diabetes, and the people who love us, hope for the day when science finds a way to cure our disease. Not just kick it into remission, but cure. In the meantime, until that great day, it’s good to remember just how ...
Nov 01 2012
Small A1c Drop, Big Life Expectancy Gain
While controversy swirls around what A1c percentage is ideal for type 2s, no one denies that lower is better. Currently, the recommended A1c target is 6.5%, equivalent to a daily average of140 mg/dL. For older people who’ve been diagnosed for...
Oct 30 2012
A Rival to Swiss Chocolate?
Although many people think that type 1 diabetics are the only people who take insulin injections, an estimated 11 million type 2s in Europe and North America are also on insulin therapy. They deal with many of the same hassles that type 1s do...
Oct 25 2012
Life in the State of Nanny
William Barrett was a Columbia University professor who wasn’t a particularly gifted writer but was a fine thinker. He wrote a book, The Illusion of Technique, which described what happens when people outsmart themselves by substituting appearan...
Oct 24 2012
Words Not Spoken, Facts Not Presented
When it comes to dealing with diabetes, never forget that some of the information we get doesn’t always fully disclose the facts. If that sounds paranoid, I don’t mean to come off that way. But as a former newspaperman, I know how easy it is ...
Oct 19 2012
I'm Walkin', Yes Indeed, I'm Walkin'
I’ve often sung Fats Domino’s classic “I’m Walkin’” to myself as I’ve strolled around the neighborhood getting some exercise. Nobody disputes that walking is something almost everybody can do. For people with diabetes it’s just about the chea...
Oct 15 2012
A Diabetic Doctor's Take on Carb Cravings
I’ve mentioned Dr. Richard Bernstein here before. Bernstein is the 78-year-old Long Island-based doctor who for years has been a thorn in the side of the American Diabetes Association. That’s because of his advocacy of a low-carb approach to bo...
Oct 12 2012
Iron Man is a Type 2 Man?
Sometimes I wish I were a little less plugged in to the diabetes scene. I receive regular news updates from various institutions and companies that are researching causes—and potential cures for—diabetes. It helps me spot trends and try to c...