Living ~400lbs

… and believe me I am still alive


  • Vitamin B12. Joy.

    Researchers have found a possible link between lack of vitamin B12 in early life and insulin resistance later.  (Link has both video and text; video does at times assume fat is a problem, but overall explores why type 2 diabetes is not brought on by eating too much.) I’ve written before about being deficient in… Continue reading

  • You’re SORRY? Oh fuck you.

    Dr. Peter Attia thinks about his former patient often, the woman who came to him in the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital one night seven years ago. She was obese and suffering from a severe complication of Type 2 diabetes, a foot ulcer, which required an urgent amputation. At the time, Dr. Attia admits,… Continue reading

  • Interesting Results, or, Fat Not Fatal

    Not so interesting in terms of finding that being fat, alone, doesn’t make you die sooner.  But the data on how fat interacts with other conditions is interesting. Results: In analyses not adjusted for diabetes or hypertension, only severe obesity was associated with mortality (adjusted hazard ratio, 1.26; 95% confidence interval, 1.00–1.59). After adjusting for diabetes… Continue reading

  • Big Fat Sleep

    No, it’s not news that lack of sleep is tied to fat. What sleep researcher Dr. Orfeu Buxton found is more information on how this occurs. The resting metabolic rate of the volunteers by the end of the five weeks was 8% lower than where they had started. […]  That could explain why night shift workers tend to gain… Continue reading

  • Not News

    The website Fark makes fun of news stories that are not, actually, news. Example:  Students Discover Desks Have More Germs Than Toilets Why isn’t it news?  Well, it’s a common story that pops up once a year or two, and relies on people not thinking about which is more likely to get janitorial attention. Today… Continue reading

  • Poverty’s Link to Diabetes

    [C]onventional wisdom about Type 2 diabetes would suggest that once obesity, lack of physical activity and other lifestyle risk factors were taken into account, diabetes incidence rates would even out between lower- and higher-income groups…. [A recent study found that] for men, being in the lowest-income category (earning less than $15,000 per year), doubles the… Continue reading

  • Coffee at Lunch?

    The “coffee drinkers are less likely to have diabetes” idea has popped up again, this time focused on those who have coffee with lunch.  From the abstract, [T]he hazard ratio in the highest category of coffee consumption [3 cups (375 mL)/d] was 0.73 … in comparison with no coffee consumption. This inverse association was restricted to… Continue reading

  • Search Trends: Diabetes

    A trend I’ve recently noticed in the search terms (WordPress’s handy table of phrases Google says people searched on to get to my site):  fat people who don’t have diabetes. Specific examples: why not all obese people get diabetes do all overweight people get diabetes i’m obese; will i get diabetes? why obese people get… Continue reading

  • Drink Coffee, Avoid Diabetes?

    This was one headline I was grateful to read this morning. For one thing, the laugh was very welcome! Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes More Evidence Coffee, Tea Could Prevent Diabetes From the abstract, this looks to be a review-lots-of-observational-studies study, looking at correlations.  The general result?  People who drink more coffee, decaf coffee,… Continue reading

  • ADA: Not all fat people get diabetes

    From the American Diabetes Association: In a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Diabetes Association, 2,081 Americans were asked questions to test their diabetes knowledge.  The results showed that several diabetes myths and misconceptions are common and diabetes remains a misunderstood disease. […] Myth: If you are overweight or obese,… Continue reading

  • Most Fat People Don’t Get Diabetes?

    I’ve had it banged over my head for decades that “OMG you’re going to get diabetes!!!!”, so when I read this I was a bit flummoxed: Roughly 20% of the people with Type 2 diabetes are thin, and 75% of obese people never get it. All those years of worry, of dieting to try to… Continue reading

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Former software tester, now retired heart patient having fun and working on building endurance and strength. See also About page.

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