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My guest is Chrystal from L.A.. She is just one of many positive diabetics making a huge difference in the diabetes community. She is a chemist, and diabetic activist. After Chrystal's diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in November 2007, she created SexyDiabetic.com; and donates a good portion of her time connecting and sharing experiences, both inside and outside the online diabetic communities.

Chrystal has shared with us her personal experiences living with diabetes; her role in the diabetic community; some of her current diabetic project she's working on during black history month.

We talked about some of the struggles we we face, getting the African American communities and all other people of color educated on the dangers of diabetes; as well as the fears and discrimination that still exist for diabetics today.

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For 2012 I thought it would be wonderful to start the year off with a positive interview!

My guest is Richard A Vaughn. He has written an awesome book called "Beating The Odds - 64 years of Diabetes Health". In this book, he takes us on a journey through his diabetic life.

From the moment he was diagnosed with type 1 at the age of 6, all the way up through completing his masters degree, @ a time when people thought diabetics shouldn't go to college (because diabetes was considered a disability then).

Richard also talks about his wonderful family and grand children, in addition to participating in the Joslin Medalist Study, funded by the JDRF & National Institute of health..

Richard is definitely an inspiration to us all. He has showed us insulin dependent people, how to live healthy emotionally & physically by example, with either no, or the least amount of complications possible; coming from a time when life expectancy for a diabetic was no later than 40 years old.


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What's in your headphones? We all know how important exercise is to any diabetic, however, the music you exercise to is also just as important too! Music can make the difference between a 3 minute workout, and a 30 minute workout. Personally, I am an oldies guy, and my musical tastes are pretty eclectic and diverse. The above playlist consist of music I am listening to on my Anddroid when I exercise or power-walk. As my mood changes, so shall the playlist.


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Hello everyone,

We are fast approaching the new year, and I just wanted to take the time to reflect, and to also talk about my new photography blog. Unfortunately, because most people appear to be more interested in gossiping about me all damn day long , rather than asking me personally the questions they want answered directly (then again, I guess you wouldn’t, because you’re gossipers),  my site has been an excellent tool to convey my thoughts to both all the very nosy ass busybodies, as well as those that are genuinely concerned for my welfare and well being. I’d like to say that, as I look forward to the coming  year of 2014, it will include some big changes for me emotionally and psychologically.

It was really unfortunate, and unacceptable that I had to go through the majority  of my roughest and toughest times of my life alone. Yet a slew of people really feel they’re at liberty to say “they know me”?. People use the word “friend” too loosely, and really need take a minute to evaluate what a friend means. You also should watch the behaviors of people you call your friends. Organizations that claim to help others, need to reevaluate whether you’re actually helping, or are the individuals just there to participate in office politics, gossip & drama? This includes hospitals, many of you need to practice some professionalism, especially since most of you would not like a taste of your own medicine. Many of the things I’ve talked about are basic 101 knowledge guys! What’s the problem? I digress.. This has proven to me many times over, that people are more interested telling you what they think, way before they are open to listening. I really don’t understand how so many have adopted a habit of not only immediately disagreeing with someone, but dismissing the other person’s thoughts with no solid foundation or facts for that disagreement other than your own personal belief? You got to be kidding me? is that the best you can come up with?  I don’t know what the hell is in some people’s heads, but that isn’t what being a friend/help means. Anyway, however, looking back in retrospect, my life’s trials and tribulation was the very cleansing and detoxification I needed, to free my spirit from society’s hooks of conformity, hate, prejudice, and a host of other ills. I guess this was one of those things I had to go through alone. Still sucks though….

Unfortunately, as a result of many of the traumatic experience I had in the last 4+ years, I have decided that diabeticradio is over. There are many resources you can learn about diabetes on your own (that is if you really care to know). However, I will continue to leave all of my old content available to those that are interested. My ownership expires in 2020, you better get all the information you can from there, because I probably will NOT be renewing the domain. After that, you’ll just have Youtube to find my old videos. I cannot compete with beliefs, and many people’s unwillingness to at least read and diligently investigate. VintageNewscast will of course remain active. Without getting long winded, I hope that next year will be the year that many of you start to look in the mirror, and hold yourselves accountable for your deeds, and how you treat people.

2014 will be my year to focus on me and my (long overdue) photographic art. I didn’t plan on building another website; however, I realized photography really is an entirely different subject all together, so I really needed to create an entirely new site. My new site is called ShadesOfSepia, which I think is a perfect name to represent the classic tone to my photography.  I probably will not begin to add content until shortly after the new year.

ShadesOfSepia will be a place to not only display my vintage inspired photographic creations, but show any historic trips around NYC; share my resources for Photoshop & Paintshop freebies, links to other great art, and more. Through my new photographic journey, as I cross paths with friendly and knowledgeable photographers willing to share their wisdom, I will share them on the site; as well as my own. ShadesOfSepia does not require anybody’s beliefs or validations. Either you like my art or you don’t; but hopefully most can appreciate my uniqueness, ’cause this is the essence of what art truly is…. Our uniqueness, and our ability to express our uniqueness through art. It’s not about “the one and only technique”, it’s not about only “only using one software”, and it’s not about carving out the same o’l gingerbread cookies over and over and over again.



I had this article saved for awhile and forgot to post it. Do you remember the article I’ve written awhile about ketoacidosis, and mentioned Madeline Kara Neumann? I’ve also posted some news coverage obtained via Youtube. Well, to make a long story short, instead of taking their daughter to the emergency room, like any good loving parent would; both parents decided to pray over their child instead of calling the ambulance. Their daughter Madeline died as a result of undiagnosed diabetes. The religious has long been protected by the law for these kinds of stupidity, and this shift in the court system was a long time coming. To bad thousands had to day before this change happened. Both parents were rightfully convicted of murdering their children. You can believe what you want to believe about *God etc. But this is a perfect example NOT to impose your belief on others, because now it is not *Gods will, it’s your will. Read the story here.


This is exactly how I feel. But from a gay diabetic point of view. So for those who think what I’m doing isn’t real? For those who think I never had both my eyeballs cut open, and had implants put in, despite that fact there were witnesses. Or those that think I don’t know what I’m talking about (despite my 5.9 A1C, despite me being involved and the community, videos, interviews,and your doing absolutely JACK SHIT but wagging your stupid gullet!?)? Kindly Go Fuck Yourself and watch this video. Evil Christians, this goes for you to.. Because I don’t need to convince others about what I believe, because what I know can be easily be found any book, if people would just pick up a 2013 diabetes book, instead of a 2,000+ year old book. You won’t find any harsh judgements in a diabetes book I’ll tell you THAT!

Love, Yogi

I wanted to talk about this in episode 72, but I realized this topic deserved it’s own video. Is there truly a link between being vitamin D deficient & diabetes? Why are so many African Americans deficient in this vitamin? How important is vitamin D? Is it worth taking D supplements? Enjoy.

Just wanted to talk about my new A1C. Also in this video I talked about why I think diabetes is so heavy in the church. Thirdly, I wanted to ask my supporters who work in the medical community a favor, which I hope at least most will honor. Lastly, I make no mistake, I 100 percent recognize that obisity is a problem, but like I said, it’s not just a matter of food, and we can’t assume that everyone who is fat, is with diabetes, is because we are all eating ourselves to death. You cannot ignore the genetic factor as though it does not exist, or unimportant. In addition to the fact that, you don’t hear about all the fat people who don’t get diabetes, and the THIN people who get type 2. I’s not about fat alone.

Hi guys, this video is specifically directed towards doctors, nurses, and any other health care professional. I would like every single health professional that watch my videos to definitely watch this one. I am speaking in behalf of all diabetics (and or for any other chronic illness for that matter). This is a story about what happened to me on a two visit eye examination. I wasn’t going to say anything on camera at first, but after much thought, I realized I really took offense to the experience that I had. Please note, this NOT a video attack against the facility I was in, nor the specific doctor that was taking care of me, but more on the wide spread sickening perceptions that health care professionals and people have about diabetics; and despite all the forever updated research information about diabetes, this attitude continues to grow more and more everyday. The doctor I was working with me scared the hell out of me for nothing. As a diabetic I work very hard to take care of myself, despite any person’s individual perception of what they think I do in my personal life. People who consistently make snappy judgments against someone they damn well know, they don’t know, I think are in some way neurotic; escaping their own challenges and issues. It is very important that you be aware of the energy you give off to people with diabetes, if not YOU become part of the big problem we have with public health. Please watch the video and show it to every other professional you know, and or make them watch it. You need to know how you make your patients feel.



This is a VERY important video. This episode is a long one, however, I encourage all my fans and visitors to watch till the end. What does it truly mean, once you discover you must take insulin? Well, I can tell you it does NOT mean failure! I don’t think we spend enough talking about insulin. I give examples of real-life misconceptions about insulin; the untruths about insulin; various methods developed for taking insulin; why there is absolutely no such thing as the “bad kind” of diabetes (but, if I were forced to pick one, which type of diabetes it would be?); why we have the attitudes we have towards insulin; diabetes and vitamins; and a very important message to all my “health nut” friends to consider. I don’t think you guys want to miss this episode.



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Hi everyone, I hope all my diabetic mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day! What does it feel like, when our blood sugars are extremely high, or extremely low? Do you know your warning signs? How does this relate to long-term diabetic complications? What about short-term complications? Today’s video is an important one. I discuss more in depth what is HYPERglycemia and HYPOglycemia, and I also touch on a tiny bit on genetics. In this video you will learn how important it is to strive for the best glucose control, and to avoid getting in to dangerous situations when your blood sugars are at either extremes. Diabetics who neglect their blood sugars, I highly recommend you watch this episode; and once you’ve finished, tell all your friends.

Yes girl!! I can relate, tell it like it is!! Thanks Ginger for another great video as always. After my viewers watch this video, you’ll quickly realize why the last thing an insulin dependent person needs, is someone’s unsolicited advice. Some diabetics go through a lot more than just eating vegetables to keep our diabetes in check. LOL..

I’ve watched this video a couple of times, and to be quite honest, I still don’t know how to process this video in my head (I have no idea what to make of it). Personally, if I had a child, or even small nephews and nieces, I would never treat them in this manor, no matter how high his or her blood sugar was. However, I could imagine how terrified his father must have been. I don’t remember any one of them actually saying what the son’s blood sugar was, but it must have been REALLY high for his father to go off like that.

I’ve also realized that in many ways this is somewhat reminiscent of the many conversations I’ve had, with a number of non-diabetic friends, acquaintances, and nosy busybody strangers. I am sorry to say that although I don’t know this young boy personally, I can relate to at least 5 out of 10 emotions he most have felt as he was being chastised by his father on camera. I need non-diabetics to watch this video, so you can think twice about how you talk about diabetes, to your diabetic friend or loved one.

Despite what many people believe, I’m gonna tell you first hand that there is absolutely NO such thing as a perfect diabetic (just as there is no perfect human being). Diabetes is unpredictable, there is no question that it must be monitored with a close eyes everyday. However, it is important that I stress to my readers, when you talk to a friend or loved one that has diabetes, please keep in mind that you are NOT talking to their diabetes, you are actually talking to the person that happens to have diabetes. We are humans first, diabetes second.

To my understanding, this was an old video before he started his “diabetes project”. Judging from the father’s reaction to his son in this video, it looks like he wasn’t too long after his son was diagnosed. I was left feeling like the father posted this video as an ultimate and final punishment. And the woman in the video was supposed to be his therapist too! He must be home schooled? I not sure. What do you make of this video?

In this video, I tell a story about a procedure I had years ago, gone bad. It was a procedure that I mistakenly assumed was simple. This (one of many experiences I had) has changed (to a large extent) how I relate to doctors today. I really do apologize for my video being long this week. However, I think it’s worth it because, it’s one of the very few direct examples of why we need second, third, and fourth opinions. It also illustrates that having all these procedures done to our bodies, doesn’t mean things will come out perfect. Think twice before any professional performs any medical procedure, especially if they do not specialize in that particular area. One of many hard lessons I learned. Please note, this video is not about blowin up a physician’s spot, but I do need to make people aware.

SinceWhat sort of changes have you made since your diagnosis? How long did it take for you to get used to your new regimen? You know, we should know by now there is no such thing as a “diabetic diet”; however, I guess in some ways knowing this can make a newly diagnosed person even more confused, in terms of trying to figure out what to eat once they’ve learned he/she is diabetic.

Right off the bat, without knowing any technicalities about the contents of food & it’s relationship to diabetes, we know that eating less, portion control, in addition to staying active has always been the key. Regardless as to what type of diabetes you have; or what triggered your diabetes. Whether you are Black, White, Jewish, Asian, etc, not one sole on this planet has genetic immunity to diabetes. Which reminds me (before diabetes became an epidemic), I’ve actually met an individual years ago, who actually said to me “We Jewish people don’t get diabetes because we eat kosher”. Well, I just rolled my eyes. LOL. I can assure you, not only do Jewish diabetics exist (both type 1 & 2), but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a couple of Orthodox Jews who are diabetic. If your not out here socializing in the diabetic communities you’d never see this.

Guys, seriously, I don’t mean to get off track, but, even if your one of those people that still think that only a particular race/ethnicity gets certain illnesses (like blacks only get type 2 diabetes); all I can say to respond is, LOOK AROUND YOU!! I mean seriously look at people around you. Today we have more interracial relationships than we’ve ever had before. Those interracial relationships eventually become interracial parents, who will then eventually have interracial children. You seriously don’t think that at any point in time genetic material will not possibly be passed on? Hello? Is the light on in the neighbor’s house? Hmmm, maybe the biggest change that needs to happen first, is this labeling people love to do when it comes to diabetes?

getty_rf_photo_of_insulin_injectionOnce my diabetes was made official, I wasted no time in learning all there was to learn. Later on realizing I was loosing my sight, it made it even more difficult and scary. Looking back in retrospect, there were so many influences that try to make you  buy exercise equipment (for example) that “works”, equipment that most of us don’t have room for. We’ve so quickly forgotten about all the other healthy exercise we can do without equipment, and free. Like walking! So many under estimate it’s power. I’m not kidding guys, most of you already have smart phones. Learn how to use the GPS feature of your phone. It’s a lot of fun walking to new places. Take a different train route, ride it for a couple of stops, and use your GPS to walk your way home. It’s a lot of fun. This winter really put a damper on my walking exercise. However, as soon as it starts getting warm again, the disco will be pumping in my ear once again, and away I go. LOL.

We all get those nasty sugar cravings every once in a while. It is ok for a diabetic to enjoy a treat once in a while, so long you don’t over do it. People always trying to find that one “magic diet”, sorry but girrrrl there is none! To be perfectly honest, the key is to try NOT to be glutenous. Point blank. If you keep giving yourself several insulin shots 4 hours after your meal, that’s a clue you’ve probably ate to much (or your insulin needs to be adjusted).

What I like to do is, find the smallest package of “naughty treats” possible. For example, if I have a taste for donuts, I try and look for the small tiny pack rather than a box; then you can also share it with your friends, family members, children, etc, so your not tempted to eat more than you should. I also like to eat “naughty treats” with tea. Speaking for myself, if I eat a small amount of a “naughty treat” SLOWLY along with any warm liquid, such as tea, I am much more satisfied and don’t have a need to over indulge on additional portions.

black-family-exercisingAnother major change I’ve made was to cut down on rice and pasta. I had absolutely no idea how those to things effected my blood sugar until I became diabetic. This sometimes can be a pain sometimes, because if you order out, here in NYC they usually pile so much rice on your plate it’s not even funny.

Some of you may cringe when I say this but…. What has helped me also is, learning to throw food away. When I was young, we were taught never to waste food; so as an adult it became difficult changing the way I thought in terms of diabetes. We are always tempted to finish all of our meals even if the portions are too much; largely because we don’t want to waste our money. However, as I diabetic, I found it many times to be  necessary when ordering out. Ok, I’ve written too much already.. LOL What changes have YOU made since your diagnosis?

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NYCs new soda ban is set to become official in March of this year. There has been vast opinions from both sides concerning this issue. I’m still not sure how I feel about this issue. ‘Cause while I do think it’s about an individual taking responsibility for their health; but at the same time, is it right that our officials has gone to the extent of being “nannys” as they are now calling it?

If we look at it from a statistical standpoint, things are out of control. I guess the question now becomes, is this morally the right thing to do? Is Mayor Bloomberg actually saying “I am” enforcing this new regulation because New Yorkans in poorer communities have absolutely no self control?

You know, “we” are always big on not having the government in our business, yet, in the grand scheme of things, there appears to be times were it is absolutely necessary for the government too step in. It reminds me of the whole controversy with cigarettes in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I remember when it seemed like all of NYC was in uproar, when smoking zones were announced. It was interesting to see people’s reactions when restaurants asked “smoking or non-smoking”? I can tell you, as a non-smoker this (then) new regulation changed quality of living for the better. Even as a child, my eyes used to burn badly from consistent exposure to second hand smoke. Today, non-smokers can enjoy a meal in the restaurant without someone in the table next to you blowing cigarette smoke in your direction. Well, It boils down to, if you can’t stop people from smoking, you can try to create a situation to were it is better managed.

I am curious, what is your take on this? Send me your comments to: sugar@diabeticradio.com

© 2013 DiabeticRadio.com / Yogi

This is a more detailed “how to” instruction in spanish. Like i’ve said before, information about diabetes is in every language possible, there is no excuse. Nuff said.. I thought about doing my own infusion set video, but there are already so many videos like this on youtube.

Posting another one of Phillip’s videos. He’s done a very good job showing us how he changes his infusion set, from beginning to end. The pump he has looks like it’s from Medtronics/Minimed. Although my first pump experience is with Animas, personally, I understand that many people use Medtronic products, but I can’t stand their infusion sets. I only know this because I got my hands on a couple of samples. I could not easily remove or insert the connector to the infusion (the device with the cannula); I am in no way suggesting that Medtronic is a bad company, their infusion sets are just not for me. To each his or her own. I’m not putting his video under type 1 yet, because I don’t remember hearing him confirm what type he is. You can never be sure how someone will react to questions like that, however, I’ll try to message him later and see if I get an answer.

I’m happy to inform you guy’s that Phillip has responded to my email this morning. He is indeed type 1. I don’t think I need to tell you guys how thrilled I was only because (like I’ve always said), People of color are bombarded with all kinds of stereotypes, which can be overwhelming for many to deal with, therefore, many African Americans stay quiet (both type 1&2 actually). In his email, he said that he was first diagnosed as type 2 in 1995; then later on his pancreas pooped out (no longer producing insulin), and as of 2007 he became type 1. He said in the future, he thinks he will do a video on it; and I will definitely encourage him to do so. I am looking forward to seeing it. He has a lot of great videos and 99% of them are mostly philosophies about various things he has experienced in his life. I’ve watched a number of his videos, and I think that many of the things he’s talked about can be easily applied to diabetes. Check out his youtube channel.

I really do wish that all of these horrible stereotypes about diabetes did not exist. But trust me, they exist because too many hide. Don’t under ANY circumstance allow someone to make you feel ashamed because of your diabetes. There are literally thousands of people like Phillip, Ginger, Bill, myself, who are open with our diabetes so that you can learn; it is the only way we squash the misconceptions that continue to run RAMPED!


Let’s celebrate my new A1C numbers!! I am so happy, I can’t stand it… LOL.. In this video I talk a little about my journey from the start of my diagnosis, with an A1C so unbelievably high, till today being at normal range. Also, I have a really important story to tell in this video. I’ve really worked extraordinarily hard on my diabetes since my diagnosis. I hope you guys not only enjoy the video, but also take something away as well. Love ya!!!!

I’m not really in to watching sports, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching Simmons’s video. I can relate to a lot of what he said, ESPECIALLY his experience with temporary blindness when his sugars were off the charts; being in the hospital, and not knowing who is who. He also talked about the stigmas and prejudice we all face. His video does have a lot of positive energy, and he goes in to detail of how he’s overcome a lot of his challenges. He answered a lot of audience questions from his personal experience. He even talked about struggles young children of diabetes face. I recommend that every African American person see this video. He was so spot on, on a lot of things. I’m sorry that I just found this video. Enjoy

Over the years, conventional wisdom has said many conflicting things over the years about health? Or maybe conventional wisdom has just grown, and it’s become harder for people to keep up? Maybe people have become complacent with what they knew 30 years ago? I give some examples as to why it’s important to stay diabetically up to date :-) .

preventing-the-flu-623x289-2This is the time of year were diabetics need to be most careful (older – elderly diabetics in particular). A diabetic having a cold or flu can become be very dangerous for many diabetics. Unfortunately, cold’s and flu’s are so common that we don’t often think it as possibly being dangerous; but it can. High blood sugars and flu, bronchitis,cold, rising sugars, etc, are not good combinations at all. As I’ve said on numerous occasions, there exist many things that can cause your blood sugars to rise.  The one things we americans often overlook is stress, and having a major cold and flu is a form of stress to the body. It is important that diabetics have a game plan ready should we get sick, because high blood sugars can not only prolong sickness, it can actually make it exponentially worse.

For people who are insulin dependent (regardless if your type 1 or 2), Speaking for myself, when I have a major flu, or worse (something like pneumonia), my internal blood sugar sensors are always out of whack! In other words, depending on the severity of the flu & combined symptoms such as headaches, stuffy nose and sinus, etc, my body can no longer sense when my blood sugars are high or low, which I think is the most dangerous part of being sick. For this reason, at least ONE person in your immediate surroundings should know your diabetic (just an opinion, I know this is a touchy with some diabetics), or at least bear minimum wear a medic ID under your shirt. It is EXTREMELY important that you do not waver in terms of testing your blood sugar while your sick.

3.25flu-1As always, make sure your drinking PLENTY of hot fluids, it is one of the best ways to chase the cold away. However, there are a few important things i’d like to remind my readers about concerning liquids. I think it’s safe to say that, it is common knowledge that chicken soup appears to be most effective in helping to get rid of colds. But many soups (especially the good tasting soups unfortunately), does usually contain heavy sodium content. If you consume too much sodium while your ill, this too can make your situation worse; the reason being is the sodium will raise your blood pressure, and if you also have high sugars, it can turn small headaches in to an unmeasurable & madding migraine.

If you have a sore throat, the cough drops (yes even most “sugar-free” drops) contain sugar. Although they may contain low amounts of carbs, the carbs can easily add up in an hour or two, thus monitoring your blood sugars are essential. Also, keep in mind that many of these “sugar-free” cough suppressants can contain sorbitol, which will keep you running to the bathroom for hours. It may be best to just stay away from “sugar-free” drops, and just use the regular one (of course unless your doctor says otherwise).

It is recommended that we get flu shots every year, although sometimes I still get colds, they generally aren’t as bad when I get the shot. Talk to your doctor about a sick game plan tailored to your lifestyle and individual circumstance. It really helps when you are prepared.

© 2012 Yogi/DiabeticRadio.com


I just wanted to say Merry Xmas and thank you for your support during my difficult 3 years. In addition, I wanted to reflect on all the things that has happened since I’ve created DiabeticRadio. I’d like us to set some diabetic resolutions this year; one of them being creating more diabetic support for each other. Lastly, take the initiative to guide the young kids today in to a positive way of life, and the importance of reading, especially since more and more younger people are being diagnosed with diabetes every day.


Great Article from Diabetes.co.uk


Myth 1: People with diabetes can’t eat sugar

This is one of the most common diabetes myths; that people with the condition have to eat a sugar-free diet. People with diabetes need to eat a diet that is balanced, which can include some sugar in moderation.. People with diabetes can eat sugar.

Myth 2: Type 2 diabetes is mild

This diabetes myth is widely repeated, but of course it isn’t true. No form of diabetes is mild. If type 2 diabetes is poorly managed it can lead to serious (even life-threatening) complications. Good control of diabetes can significantly decrease the risk of complications but this doesn’t mean the condition itself is not serious.

Myth 3: Type 2 diabetes only affects fat people

Whilst type 2 diabetes is often associated with being overweight and obese by the media, it is patently untrue that type 2 diabetes only affects overweight people. Around 20% of people with type 2 diabetes are of a normal weight, or underweight.

There are a quite a lot of common myths that exist about diabetes. Diabetes isn’t an allergy to sugar. If we eat sugar it’s not going to knock us dead or cause us to be hospitalised – we just need to be more careful with how much we have because it affects our blood sugar levels. As a general rule, it’s best not to make any sweeping assumptions about what people with diabetes should or should not have.

Myth 4: People with diabetes should only eat diabetic food

Diabetic food is one of the most common myths of the last ten years. The label ‘diabetic’ is often used on sweets foods. Often sugar alcohols, or other sweeteners, will be used instead of sugar. Diabetic food will often still affect blood glucose levels, is expensive, and may also cause adverse side effects. Diabetes charity Diabetes UK recommends that people with diabetes avoid diabetic food.

Myth 5: People with diabetes go blind and lose their legs

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and also causes many amputations each year. However, those people with diabetes that control blood pressure, glucose, weight and quit smoking all increase their chances of remaining complication free. Blindness and amputation are therefore preventable and the vast majority of people with diabetes will avoid blindness and amputation, particularly if annual diabetic health checks are attended each year.

Myth 6: People with diabetes are dangerous drivers

This myth is based around an inaccurate generalisation. The main danger of driving for people with diabetes is if hypoglycemia occurs. However, hypoglycemia is a preventable state and the vast majority of people with diabetes at risk of hypos exercise care to avoid hypos taking place whilst driving. Statistics show that diabetics are no less safe on the road than anyone else with significant accidents being attributed to hypoglycemia affecting less 0.2% of drivers treated with insulin. However, the myth that people with diabetes are dangerous drivers is ongoing.

Myth 7: People with diabetes shouldn’t play sport

High-prominence diabetic sportsmen and women have disproved this diabetes myth. People with diabetes should take part in exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are some factors worth considering before partaking in sport, but there is no reason why people with diabetes can’t participate in most cases. See a list of some of the sportspeople that have performed with diabetes.

Myth 8: People with diabetes can’t do many jobs

Having diabetes won’t stop you from having a job and with the improvements that have been made in treatment of diabetes, the number of jobs that people with diabetes are ineligible for is now very small. The armed forces is one profession which may prevent people with diabetes from entering specific roles, such as front line service, but many other positions will be accessible. It’s worth noting that people with diabetes that cannot work, for individual sight or mobility reasons, may be entitled to specific benefits.

Myth 9: People with diabetes are more likely to be ill

People with diabetes are not more likely to have colds or other illnesses. The significance of illness for people with diabetes is that it can make the management of blood glucose levels more difficult which can increase the severity of an illness or infection. Prevention of illness is particularly important and therefore flu jabs are advisable and free.

Myth 10: Diabetes is contagious

Something of a classic playground myth, diabetes cannot be caught off someone else. Diabetes is categorised as being a non-communicable illness meaning it cannot be passed on by sneezing, through touch, nor via blood or any other person to person means. The only way in which diabetes can be passed on is from parents to their own children but even this is only a genetic likelihood of diabetes and not the condition itself.







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I would like to tell you about my experience with the Nutri Bullet. I really love this product. It’s well designed and sturdy. In essence, the Nutri Bullet is a mini 600 watt high powered blender, with specially designed blades that moves so fast that it not only blends, it pulverizes both food and nutrients into a smooth “milk shake” like consistency.  For the most part, the Nutri Bullet does exactly what it advertises. I love it so much I will most likely purchase another one for work. Why? Well, I realized that I could save a lot of money too! For a small cup of juiced pear and banana will cost almost $6 dollars here in NYC, however, with my Nutri Bullet, I can process the same ingredients for less than $2, and keep my fiber too!

There is really nothing I can say bad about the Nutri Bullet so far. It is REALLY easy to clean, which is a huge benefit in my eyes. One of the major turn offs I had with my Breville juicer, was the work it took to clean it. I almost always find a little bit of veggie food particles on the Titanium plate; it’s not as easy to clean as they advertise, however, it still is a damn good juicer though. With my Nutri Bullet, its literally a few rinses and I am done! 15-20 minutes cleaning up my juicer, turns in to 1-2 minutes cleaning my Nutri Bullet. However, keep in mind that a juicer extracts juice; the Nutri Bullet not only blends, it emulsifies it’s contents.

You must NOT fill your container beyond the Max line, otherwise you will damage your Nutri Bullet in the long run.

The only downsides I see really has nothing to do with the product itself, but more the nature of what I’m blending. Some things do not blend well, such as Blueberries and Blackberries, because the seeds are too small for the Nutri Blend to pulverize. However, larger seeds such as pumpkin seeds blends perfectly. Raisins do not blend well either, but that’s probably has to do with it’s chewy consistency. The other downside is, there are some veggies that taste better juiced in my opinion, one of them being carrots. Carrots have way to much fiber I think, and the consistency is more like paste than a smoothie shake.

Not everything will taste good together. Personally, I do not like most greens in my Nutri-Blast drink, such as kale, broccoli, cabbage, etc, these veggies are way to bland for my taste. To be honest, I don’t like any veggies in my shake, I prefer my veggies cooked and eaten. And I know some of you RAW food fans probably have cringed at my prior statement LOL. However, there are too many other plant based foods that I can consume raw, that taste good, and get the same healthy benefits, rather than worrying about the mechanics of cooking my veggies verses not.

Another real nice thing a love about the Nutri Bullet is that, it’s so powerful that it literally crack open (most) nuts (pecans not as well as I’d like), giving you even more nutritional benefits.

There are three things you should keep in mind while using the Nutri Bullet:

GREEN VEGGIES – Remember that veggies are ruffage, and will most likely contain high levels of fiber. I recommend that you experiment on the weekend a few times before consuming large amount of leafy greens. Otherwise you will be in the bathroom all day. LOL.

FRUITS – Remember that we are diabetics, and portion control still applies even when we are eating “healthier”. While yes it’s true that with the Nutri Bullet, we get to keep the fiber in our fruits, however, still be mindful of the carb content of each fruit, as well as the amount of fiber.

WATCH YOUR NUTS! - LOL.. Although nuts and seeds are a great source for energy and protein, remember that those proteins add up to calories. Know how much calories in some of those nuts before you use them. All you need is a little sprinkle, YOU DON”T NEED A LOT! Some seeds such as pumpkin seeds can contain as much as 500 calories in a half cup. It is just as possible to abuse and eat unhealthy with “healthy” foods. Over consumption of nuts is one fast way to gain more weight. The good thing about nuts and seeds are that they literally can last for ages, and never have to worry about them spoiling quickly the way fruit does.

In my opinion, it is best to use traditional salad type greens, such as Romaine lettuce, because the taste is neutral; it’s not bitter like arugula. However, If you like the taste of arugula, spinach, etc, in your smoothie, then be my guest!

RAW AGAVE NECTARAgave is a plant that comes from Southern Mexico (if I’m not mistaken), it is about 3 times as sweet as honey. Why am I mentioning this? Well, sometimes you may be blending a fruit that isn’t fully ripened yet, therefore may not taste as sweet as you’d like it. Agave is a good natural alternative to using Splenda, Nutri-Sweet etc. Many diabetics use Agave because it has a low glycemic index. However, again, portion control is important when using Agave as well, you can consume a lot of carbs if your not carful.

STEVIA – Stevia is also a plant, and it comes from many parts of Asia, and has been used for thousands of years. Unfortunately, we in the states have just gotten hip to it. It’s also a great natural sweet alternative. Stevia is starting to become just as popular as Splenda now, and is automatically used in soda’s, ice creams, and candies. They come in powder packages, and tinctures. There are two kinds of tinctures, one with, and one without alcohol. In my opinion, the one without the alcohol taste much better in most things such as juice or herbal tea/coffees.

You guys know I’m a huge fan of Amazon, normally I would tell you to get it from them. However, this is one of those rare instances that Amazon is actually a little more expensive for their Nutri Bullet. You are better off getting it from their NutrBullet site directly, because you get their healing book free (to my understanding, you can’t get it any other way).

Remember guys, this is not a cure for diabetes, but we can certainly be more healthy, active, and proactive with our health, in order that we can live a longer and healthier lives (complication free).

© 2012 Yogi / DiabeticRadio.com

This diabetic’s name is Phil (if I’m not mistaken), and he has a powerful message in this video. After I listened to his video, it kinda felt like his life was almost a replica of mine. I can really relate to what he is saying, and it looks like he’s made this video right on time, when I needed to here it. I’m sure when you guys hear it you’ll understand. So much of what he said can also be applied to our lives as diabetics. Diabetes has never been a part-time disease; we have to deal with it 24 hours a day. So many people spend much of their lives with masks on their faces, and I am grateful to people like Phil for being so open and sharing his life experiences, in order that we may gain further insight into worlds outside of our own.


This video is very important, because I discuss the impact that our blood sugars has on our emotions. Unfortunately, much of the medical community really over looks how blood sugars effects some of our moods. I give some examples of how high blood sugars can effect diabetics, and or non-diabetics. You read a little bit, here and there about the subject, however, very little money is going in to this kind of research. It’s funny, you’ll read the statistics that xxx% of diabetics have depression, but there isn’t much detail after that? If you do find information, it’s usually related to dealing with our diagnosis, rather than information about blood sugar itself. I believe you’ll find this video informative. Thanks for watching!!


Hey guys, class is in session once again. For awhile now, I’ve been wanting to talk about the complex issue of weight and diabetes. Weight and diabetes go hand in hand, yet they are not necessarily the same. Todays video is long, but I felt it was crucial to try and explain were I am coming from as a diabetic. As I’ve said once before, the topic “diabetes” is loaded; and just like religion or politics, it appears that sometimes it’s almost impossible for people to be on the same page, be it because of, perceptions, personal theories, beliefs, various levels of understandings, or simply not having the same access to particular information. Like it or not, where you get your diabetic information is just as important as reading itself.

To illustrate that weight is more than just “eating right”, fruits, veggies, and herbies, I’ve randomly used the nutrition information of a Subway sandwich (which by the way, subway has been advertised as having the best sandwiches for loosing weight, yet the particular sandwich i’ve chosen has 7 grams of saturated fat.. Hmmmmm

Anywayz, I want my viewers to understand that regardless of the struggle, we still have to try our best to continue taking care of ourselves, regardless if we don’t loose any weight. Physical activity is important.

I feel for diabetic people who don’t come out to these functions, because they really are a lot of fun. Many that were present on stage was a real inspiration, especially old school 80’s rapper Roxanne Shante. I was so happy to see that she is looking good and taking care of herself, cause many rappers from that era did not have good fortunes. She was blatantly honest when sharing about her diabetes experience, as well as working the crowd with some 80’s music. We definitely enjoyed her presence, and I can tell she enjoyed ours. The best performance i’ve enjoyed was Triple Seis (former member of the “Terror Squad”) & Killrus. Triple Seis sang his new single “Champion“; not only was this a great performance, but the song was a perfect theme for the StepOut event. My apologies for some of the choppy scenes, Youtube just couldn’t handle the video quality of my camera. I’ll try to make adjustments for future events. Hope you enjoy watching it, as I did being there.


For more information, please click on the flyer above, or go to http://diabetes.org/nycstepout, or call 1-888-DIABETES ext. 3414 for more information

I just happen to catch this video by accident. Although, the guy in this video has directed his message towards the critiques of his music, it eerily mirrors almost exactly what I’ve been going through the last 3 years. Personally, I think that, just as there exist some that would NEVER go to school or do something positive with their lives, the same is true for a hater. I’m beginning to believe that hate is in some people’s DNA. It’s been proven that not every wild animal can be domesticated, so the best thing to do is just stay away from them. As Katt Williams said, the hater’s job is to hate, period. We have to except the fact that there exist in the world people that are incredibly wicked; and have no other desire in life, than to try and make someone they don’t know miserable, for no other real apparent reason, other than the fact that they are wicked. Unfortunately haters have a unwavering need for attention, and because more than likely, they do not posses any other life skills (and live in a bubble), the only way for them to receive that attention, is to try and disrupt another person’s personal space or energy. I think haters spend way too much time focusing on other people, instead of self.

I sooo dig what this guy is saying in his video, and I can easily apply this to my work in the diabetes community. Because, despite the measurable accomplishments I’ve achieved on my blog, there are people that still find the need to nitpick and find something wrong with my video, or spelling, or just choose to take something small, and make it a huge issue (rather than try an grasp my overall message). Yet, the same hater folk are not in the diabetic communities, they’re not reading medical books, reading researching material, they’re not subscribed to any diabetic specific magazines, in fact many are not reading at all. They’re not marching with us at the ADA’s “StepOut” to help cure diabetes (well, why should they? The excuse always is “I don’t have diabetes”), they are not involved in support groups and talking to others who live with the disease 24/7, they’re not involved in the diabetic online communities, they’re not spending time building personal relationships with diabetics. Yet, these same haters claim to know so much about me and my diabetes? Oh really? What have you REALLY done for the diabetic community, other than judge and critique some with a disease that you don’t personally have first hand experience with? Have you spent hours creating edit video? Have you spent years finding unknown diabetic web links and resources for people to take advantage? What’s is your “labor of love” that you have contributed to us? Or is it just you like the sound of your own voice echoing and bouncing across the walls?. Or are you still believing in those magic herbs that have no real scientific, and measurable evidence that it works for any aspect of diabetes (other than what the advertisement says)? Do still believe that Chango, Obatala, Ochun, Elegua, Yemaya, or African’s Saint Barbara, can cure my diabetes? Or maybe I still have diabetes because I did not douse myself with enough Orisha oils? Maybe if I had prayed to Santa Lucy hard enough, I would have never lost my sight in the first place?

Or maybe, it’s simply this… I have recognized the need to also take control of the “earthly” parts of my life? It’s unfortunate that some of our belief systems do not inspire good old fashion research; and that faith can sometimes override one’s will to take care of one’s physical self. It’s not easy, when you have to deal with many closed minds, most of us deal with them (if not most of our lives), however, knowledge has always been the key to anything in life. The worst bigotry, homophobia and xenophobia has stemmed from the lack of knowledge for each other (however, I’m sure it probably also denotes tilted scales within the bigot’s own psyche). It’s important not to live your life solely on beliefs, because belief are not always derived from accredited documented facts (and even then… Facts, or any other kind of knowledge source for that matter, by nature can never be stagnant). As the World infinitely spins and turns within it’s own axis, so does knowledge, we never stop learning. If you continue to stay stagnant and you choose not to evolve, you are no used to yourself, or anyone else.

Let’s not worry about the haters, because they’re energies will always vibrate at a much low level, and most likely will never increase a fraction of enlightenment for many years to come, if any. Let us continue to do what we gotta do and stay positive, cause no matte what anyone says to you, or about you, only you know you.

© 2012 DiabeticRadio.com / Yogi

This is a really important episode. I talk about my experience @ my doctor’s office a few weeks ago. The experience I’ll be sharing with you illustrates not just how complex diabetes itself can be, but how the various perceptions and understanding even amongst health care professionals can be nerve racking. I also wanted to discuss the last two youtube videos I’ve posted about diabetes in Africa & Asia, because it kinda relates to this weeks topic; concerning the imbalance between medicine, “natural healing”, perception, assumption, and theories as it relates to diabetes.


This video talks about what i’ve been saying for years, “false hope”, or “miracle cures”. You MUST not stop your medication unless a doctor tells you to, or if you have severe side effects from a particular medication. The video also cover “SCAMS” in the media, confusing diabetics around the world. In a nutshell, the three people in this video says to study, read, and be informed. Never assume anything. Don’t jump up and down and get happy, just because a package says “cure” on it. And if you still don’t understand there is no “cure” for diabetes yet, she also says it in spanish too.



Within Asia, there is a city called Nepal, just north from Bangladesh, and about due east from Pakistan. A boy named Ashok KC talks about his experience having diabetes. He explains that he’s had diabetes for about 4 years, now he is 16. Ashok has to ride on the bus for two hours in order to get his insulin from the hospital. Because he too lives in a poor country, he cannot bring a lot of insulin home, because it will most likely spoil.

Chandra Dhimal, says that his daughter got diabetes since the age of 6 years old. Dhimal explained how their daughter started getting the diabetic symptoms, i.e., excessive thirst, weight loss, etc.  The father also explained that his daughter’s blood sugar must be in good control, because she often has to walk for hours to get a bus. His father also said something very important. I want all my visitors to read carefully. Because the father loves his daughter so much, he said he went to a fortune teller, which promised him that he could “heal” his daughter. The father eventually sold his land, believing that his beloved daughter would be “cured”. I don’t need to tell you that the cure never happened. In fact, not only did his daughter get sicker, the alleged fortune teller was no were to be found!! I’m sure the father learned a very hard lesson that day. As I’ve always said time and time again, diabetes is a complexed disease,  and you will need more than just a few herbal ingredients and prayer to manage diabetes.


In part 2, a doctor discusses how many children would not come in to the hospital, because most could not afford the insulin, and get extremely sick. Now, their clinic offers free insulin, and now more children are coming to the hospital. From there, they are educated about diabetic infections, blood sugar levels, and all other important topics that concerns diabetics.




This is a heart wrenching story about diabetes, in Congo, inside Africa. Dr. Clerck narrates the beginning part of this documentary. Dr. Clerk came to Congo as a nun, nurse, and a midwife. She first came to Congo in 1955, at a time were there were no doctors, and only the nurses were repsonsible for the patients medical care. It was then decided that she would get a degree to become a doctor, and return to Congo and help the sick. When Dr. Clerck eventually came back, she found herself working with patients with diabetes.

One family talks about the difficulties having a daughter with type 1, and have no job to help with medical expenses. The father expresses the fact that because there is so much corruption (in terms of politics/foreign businesses and policies) the people of Congo continue to stay poor without work. In Congo, it is explained that they have to pay for public elementary school (which is part of the corruption); coupled with not being able to get a job, puts an even bigger strain on diabetes care.

What broke my heart, was the last story in the documentary. A young 24 year old man named Kombi Guy. He has had diabetes since he was 20 years old. He had all the classic signs of diabetes ie, thirst, constant bathroom visits etc., yet he did not know he had diabetes. He explains that no blood test were done until so many compliations has passed. Kombi eventually had to drop out of school, because the complications of diabetes got too overwhelming (as thee was no good education of diabetes, and barely enough money for food and insulin). His diabetes was so out of control, that he almost permanently lost his sight, and had to get an amputation of one of his big toe. Kombi says, his mother died from diabetes.

I will continue to say this until I am blue in the face.  We must earnestly seek information about diabetes, beyond what we see on local television. Diabetes is not, and has never been, solely a “fat American disease”.





Loretta Taylor and her mom is the focus of Diabetes Forecast’s August edition.  Loretta’s story is unfortunately all too common. What happens when your school fails to provide good diabetes care for your child? What kind of major challenges exist for young children of type 1? I often wonder, How much worse is it, if your young child happens to be of color with type 1, and majority still stereotype all African Americans as only being able to get type 2? How frightening that must be for most young children, yet there are some parents who actually  tell their diabetic children NOT to tell anybody in school. Are you Kidding me? How many school teachers still think that an hypoglycemic episode is just a way of getting out of class, or to play sick?

The article talks about Loretta’s frustrations with her disease, how angry she was, and how powerless she felt at times. Also the stress that her mom has had trying to understand her daughter’s diabetes better, and trying to manage her time in order to keep a stable job as a result of her daughters diabetes.

Lack of proper diabetes care continued in Loretta’s school. Eventually Loretta’s mom had to seek legal help from the ADA’s legal department. Loretta did manage to get into another school, however, she had to deal with many of the same issues that existed in the prior school.

Eventually Loretta’s mom and the American Diabetes Association along with ULS, filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s office for Civil Rights. Loretta’s is not alone, and stories like Loretta’s are rarely heard or published. Hopefully enough people like Loretta, will continue to come out and share their story, to change people’s attitudes about diabetes. This is a very moving article, I recommend you guys get a hold of August edition of Diabetes Forecast.

© 2012 Yogi / DiabeticRadio.com


Makes 4 Servings

2 cups of milk
2 cups of fresh strawberries
2 teaspoons of Arrow Root
4 eggs yokes (optional)
3/4 cup of Splenda (or to taste)
Round Estimated Nutrition Information Per Serving:
112 Calories / or 168 with egg
4g Fat / or 7 with egg
2g Sat fat / or 3 > with egg
4.5g Protein / or 10 with egg
17.5 Cholesterol / or 47.5 with egg
13g Carbs


Wash Fresh Strawberries, remove all stems. Cut each strawberry in half, and through in a pot. Pour about a 1-1/2 cup of Soy or Lactaid milk with the strawberries. Keep the other 1/2 cup milk to the side. Put the pot on low flame. As the milk starts to simmer, once the strawberries become soft, puree the strawberries. Once you’ve finished pureeing the strawberries, remove from flame.

Blend the remaining 1/2 cup milk with  3/4 cup of splenda (or to taste), 2 teaspoons of Arrow root, or guar gum, or unflavored gelatin will work well (you will get better results by using a hand-blender).  We use egg yokes to give the ice cream it’s custard texture. If you prefer not to use eggs, you can use about a cup of soy creamer to help give it a smoother texture.

Once at least 4-5 minutes have past, gently pour in the egg mixture in the pot along with the strawberry/milk batter while stirring constantly (do this OFF flame; this will prevent your eggs becoming fried or scrambled). To be on the safe side, use a stainless steel strainer, to make sure there are no leftover strawberry stems, or egg clumps. Once you have poured all the egg mixture in the pot, wait about 10 extra minutes and then put in your icebox for about 2 hours. Once the 2 hours have passed, you are now ready to pour your mixture into your ice cream maker.

Please note, for this recipe, it is best to make fresh, and eat immediately. Do not put any leftovers in freezer if possible. The reason is because although splenda is “like” real sugar, it does not posses the same properties as “real” sugar, that would normally prevent your ice cream from becoming rock solid when frozen. If we were to use real sugar in my recipe, you’d be taking on 100+ calories and almost 50 extra carbs.