San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes
Oct 02 2012
Life is Good at 6.5 %
I just got back my latest A1c results and I’m a happy man. In early June my A1c was fluctuating between 9% and 10% (210 to 240 mg/dL), high enough that my doctor said it was time to start on insulin. I decided then and there to make one ...
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 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...
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 ...
Apr 12 2012
Keep Watching the Skies!
In Howard Hawks’ classic 1951 sci-fi thriller, “The Thing from Another World,” a ravenous flesh-eating alien (actually an incredibly grumpy intelligent vegetable) is finally outsmarted and fried to death by a group of U.S. airmen after they fin...
Apr 10 2012
The expression “unintended consequences” usually applies to bad things that come from good intentions. For example, the noble goal of producing enough food for people to eat has created a worldwide epidemic of obesity. But sometimes an unint...
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...