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 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 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 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...
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 ...
Sep 11 2012
Improved Test Strip Mileage!
Pricking our fingers to get blood glucose readings involves two necessary evils: sticking needles into sensitive finger tips to draw blood and having to pay month in and month out for test strips. Those are the two big reasons why millions of...
Aug 28 2012
Will Type 2s be the New Gurus?
I set aside a few bucks each month and when the total reaches $80 or $100 send the money to an international non-profit organization called Heiferthat offers relief to families in need by providing them with a long-term food source. Twenty dol...
Aug 17 2012
Paul Floats on Air
My type 2 neighbor Paul, whose pessimistic outlook I wrote about recently, is a new man. He went to an endocrinologist a few days ago to discuss a long list of questions, fears, and concerns about his condition. Is his A1c low enough? Too lo...
Aug 14 2012
Nostalgia Just Isn't What It Used to Be
The French are masters at coming up with descriptions that we English speakers just grab and use because even our great language just can’t say it as well. Nostalgia is one of those words, from the French nostalgie, a version of the German word ...