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

  • Sep 14 2012

    Coaching Type 2 Kids

    A friend of mine who has counseled many parents with type 2 children says that although each child is unique, there are some general principles parents can apply as they teach their diabetic children to cope with the disease. Here are some o...

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  • Jul 18 2012

    Not Yet on Needles or Pens

    I went to my insulin management class this morning. It lasted 90 minutes and was an eye opener. The instructor, a certified diabetes educator, surprised me when she said that my recent experiment to try lowering my blood sugar averages with ste...

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  • Jun 08 2012

    The Pattern Detectors, Part 2: Establishing a Test Pattern

    Here is a series of steps I mentioned in my last blog for learning about your blood glucose patterns and how they are affected by diet, exercise, medications, and your own unique physiology. Learn how to test yourself. This means knowing how...

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  • May 24 2012

    My Friend’s Eye View of Diabetes

    I have a friend I pal around with for a day every few months. We’ll go into town with some sort of grown-up, goal-oriented theme, such as visiting rooftop parks or checking out produce markets in Chinatown—anything to make us feel less guilty a...

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  • May 03 2012

    Identify Yourself!

    We type 2s know we should carry or wear medical alerts to let emergency doctors and technicians know about our condition. And we certainly want law enforcement people to be able recognize that what may look to them to be drunk and disorderly ...

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  • 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...

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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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