Type 2 Diabetes

It's a Type 2 Life
It's a Type 2 Life

San Francisco Bay Area resident Patrick Totty writes about his experiences living with type 2 diabetes

  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • Aug 02 2012

    A New Throwing Stick for Type 2?

    I remember the first time I saw a throwing stick attached to a spear. The stick works as an additional lever that aids the primary lever—the arm—in hurling the spear. Ancient man’s invention of it made it possible to toss spears with greater force...

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  • 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...

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  • Jun 21 2012

    Flozin in Time

    Putting aside all the crummy problems that come with diabetes, it’s a pleasure to watch good minds in action as they focus on how to control, and eventually defeat, the disease. One of the best places to see what they’ve come up with is the ...

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  • May 10 2012

    My Pill Is Not My Savior

    I’m lucky enough to have hooked up with a great endocrinologist who happens to be one of the people pharmaceutical companies rely on for Phase III trails of their anti-diabetes drugs. (Phase III trials are the last step before drugs go to the F...

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  • Apr 10 2012

    Bypass Ahead!

    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...

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  • Apr 05 2012

    We’re All Scientists Now

    A few days ago, while I was walking my doofus boxer, Baxter, I noticed a couple of eight-year-old boys who had just overturned a big rock along the path. Their faces wore fascination at what they’d found underneath: tiny salamanders, which they...

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  • 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...

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About the Author

Bay Area resident Patrick Totty was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July, 2003.

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