All posts by Patrick Totty

Type 2 Diabetes: Insulin as a First Resort

Here is a trend that could quickly go mainstream in the treatment of many type 2s: Insulin may become a first- rather than a last-resort drug. Traditionally the initial treatment for type 2 is a sulfonylurea and metformin. In most cases, this combination offers good control from increased insulin production (sulfonylurea) and decrease in liver-produced … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: Insulin as a First Resort

America’s Diabetes Challenge: One Celebrity’s Lesson About A1Cs

S. Epatha Merkerson is best known for her former role in the TV series Law and Order. Today you can see her on the popular show Chicago Med as the hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin. S. Epatha’s celebrity status does not take away from her passion in helping other people with diabetes learn more about their … Continue reading America’s Diabetes Challenge: One Celebrity’s Lesson About A1Cs

Flashback Friday: How Diabetes Topics in the News Can Start to Feel Like a Game of “Telephone”

A past Wall Street Journal article shows once again how misinformation about diabetes-related topics can be spread by even the most expert journalists. The article, headlined “Eli Lilly to Pay for Right to Sell Diabetes Treatment Outside U.S.,” begins, “Eli Lilly & Co. will pay Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. for the right to sell a controversial diabetes treatment outside of … Continue reading Flashback Friday: How Diabetes Topics in the News Can Start to Feel Like a Game of “Telephone”

Life With Type 2 Diabetes: Too Good to Be True

I’m not sure whether what I’m about to describe is a blessing or a curse. But it’s something I run into with almost everybody I know, myself included: the inability to see our luck or good fortune as clearly as others see it. I just got back from walking my doofus boxer Baxter, a route … Continue reading Life With Type 2 Diabetes: Too Good to Be True

Life With Type 2: Science Catches Up to Our Experiences

Scientists will tell you that they don’t consider anecdotes-personal stories about something-to be evidence that establishes a fact. Say you have 10 people swear they’ve been abducted by aliens, and all of their descriptions of the kidnapers match. That still wouldn’t be enough for scientists to declare that aliens are real. It would take other … Continue reading Life With Type 2: Science Catches Up to Our Experiences

Diabetes Health Type 2: Mr. Taubes Upsets The Carbo Cart

Gary Taubes has fascinated me from the moment I first learned about him shortly after I was diagnosed with type 2 in 2003. I soon realized that in some quarters he was seen as a sort of anti-Christ, a menacing liar whose goal was to unravel years of hard work and expert advice from professionals … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Mr. Taubes Upsets The Carbo Cart

Life With Type 2 Diabetes: Our Hard Drives Are Full

Life as an older type 2 isn’t always about diabetes. There are also the traditional problems that come with getting up in years: “Did you sleep OK, Dearie?” “Doesn’t that sun feel good on the joints?” “I’ve really started to like salsa lately. Must be my taste buds seeing if they can still be shocked.” … Continue reading Life With Type 2 Diabetes: Our Hard Drives Are Full

Diabetes Health Type 2: Our Vast Numbers Are Our Advantage

I’ve never met anybody who is happy to have diabetes. They may be happy about having successfully adjusted their lives to it. Or grateful that there’s a broad range of drugs to help them deal with it, but no joy about the disease itself. Some of those drugs can be expensive, at least from the … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Our Vast Numbers Are Our Advantage