San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
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 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 ...
Sep 25 2012
10 Nifty Diabetes Apps
In 1987 I was researching an article about a young man who was making big waves in San Francisco commercial real estate. One day as I was interviewing him he asked me to accompany him on a walk to a client’s office several blocks away. He wa...
Sep 18 2012
The September Potpourri
Red wine improves insulin sensitivityIs there anything that red wine can’t do? A Spanish study shows that men who are at risk of developing heart disease who drink a glass of red wine daily—regular or dealcoholized—enjoy lower insulin resistanc...
Aug 31 2012
Spreading the Word about Type 1 Diabetes
For several years I’ve been writing news summaries and filling in as a back-up feature writer and copy editor for a diabetes publication. Today the editor asked me to look over an article by one of our best writers, a type 1 woman who lives ...
Aug 06 2012
High Tech, High Touch
I spent last weekend working with several people located in far parts of the country putting together a funding proposal for a study aimed at older type 2s. The study is designed to see how effective a mentoring program aimed at type 2s ages 65...
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...
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 ...