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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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Richard A. Vaugn


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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Salutations, I am the owner of DiabeticRadio. I'm a cool guy who loves everything old school; music, movies, etc.. Love to support diabetes causes and make new friends. I have lived with diabetes all my life (43 yrs); became insulin dependent in 2009, in addition to the many challenges of diabetes. Unfortunately, I've been misdiagnosed many times throughout my life (despite all the symptoms and warning signs). In 2005, I have developed full blown cataracts. Although my vision loss was temporary, it has reeked havoc in my life. I've had the surgeries needed to remove the cataracts in 2006, and both operations were success!! Finally, I have overcome much of my diabetic complications thus far; through faith in myself; emotional endurance; and the willingness and desire for self-education. Diabetes is no easy thing, therefore, I have created this blog to tell my story. This is my contribution to the diabetic community. Come visit my blog, and make use of the many resources and information for all diabetics. Don't forget to look for me on itunes too!!






This weeks episode is a discussion on a short film called “Living With Diabetes”. The film was produced in Great Britain, in 1959 and it gives you a greater understanding of what a diabetic’s life was like, and still like today in many respects. It is the only video I have watched so far, that puts somewhat a human side to diabetes (rather than just food and numbers).

The film breaks down diabetes in the most simplest of terms. It also serves as a history lesson for what it was like managing diabetes more than a half a century ago. Yet how grateful so many diabetics were at that time that “insulin” was discovered, and diabetes was no longer a death sentence.

After you’ve finish watching the film, stay tuned, because I have made some additional comments about the film, and some of my deeper thoughts on diabetes and it’s management.





Hey guys, class is in session once again :-) . Whether you are a seasoned diabetic, or newly diagnosed, knowing what foods to eat can be a bit madding at times. However, most of the same healthy foods that non-diabetics can eat, are likely to be also ok for a diabetic, so long it is carb, fats, and caloric friendly. In this video, I discuss what are calories, and why it is important. I also talk about why it’s important to not only focus on calories alone. Hopefully after watching this video, you’ll be more aware of the possiblities of malnurishing yourself. I think it’s a very important video to watch. It’s another one of those many things are not often discussed in the doctors office.

-Yogi






Just about in every diabetic support group, the subject of the cure will almost always surface at some point. In this video I talk about what a cure means to me, and address some misconceptions at the same time. It is my hope that this video would help non-diabetics understand how difficult diabetes is for those of us who live with it.





In this weeks video, I talk a little bit about various theories going around about what actually causes diabetes. In essence, diabetes is genetic, and as far as we know, at least when it comes to type 2, exessive intake of carb foods can bring on the onset of diabetes for people with a genetic predisposition. For type 1, the most common theory is viral/bacterial that causes the onset of type 1 to a person who is genetically predisposed to type 1. I think it’s important to note that various illnesses can skip generations in a particular family. In other words, just because a family appears NOT to have type 1 or 2 in their immediate family, doesn’t mean they did not exist 3 or even 4 generations before, and not discussed amongst kin. MODY is a whole other thing all together.


What a blast I had!! There is no better place I’d rather be! In fact, there is NO better place than to be amongst many beautiful cultures and races together all supporting a common cause, which happens to be diabetes! In my opinion, next to music, diabetes is that second thing that mends bridges and can bring social equilibrium to all human differences. Diabetes is an equal opportunity destroyer, anyone can develop diabetes. There are plenty of us diabetics around the world, that would be oh so willing to give their emotional support. Sorry to those who have missed this event. However, I do hope that those that did not go, plan on going to the StepOut Walk this year!

I’ve recorded almost two hours worth of footage, I did my best to shave down as much video as possible. I’ve also got some really great interviews, thanks guys for taking time to talk to me on camera; you guys are super awesome! I had accidentally cut off recording during my last interviewer’s father’s video, I am sooo sorry. I am still getting used to the camera. :-( . Hope my visitors enjoy the video.

-Yogi

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Join us in NYC for “The Tour de Cure” event on June 3, 2012.  Thousands of bicyclists are expected to participate. Help the ADA raise money for diabetes while there is still time. If you would like to put together a team, join and existing team, or register as an individual, please click here and complete the required forms. Or if you’d like to search and find out an upcoming Tour De Cure in YOUR city Please click here. Don’t have a bike? The ADA has set up a way for you to rent a bike on the day of the tour. Please note, for safety reasons, iPods, or headphones will NOT be allowed. Helmets are MANDATORY. No helmet, no ride. And of course, remember to always have water, glucometer, and extra glucose tabs if your on insulin. Doesn’t matter what type of diabetes you have, all are welcomed to help raise money.  The minimum required donation for each team or individual is $200. If you don’t know how to ride a bike, but would like to participate, help volunteer with us by call the American Diabetes Association and ask for Betsy Stoller 212 725 4925 ext 315. It would be nice to see some of my blog members there.

 

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Date: Sunday June 3, 2012

Location: Pier 94 (W54th Street and 12th Avenue)

Time: 6 a.m.- 3p.m.

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“Today, you may ride your bike for fun, for work, or for a work out. But have you considered riding your bike for good? You and your bike can help change the future of diabetes. Your fundraising efforts help support the American Diabetes Association fund critical and community-based outreach”.

“Ride a few miles, or a hundred. Come solo or be a part of a team. Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a recreational rider, Tour de Cure offers a route for you. Come for the ride and stay for the celebration At tour de Cure you’ll make friends. You’ll make memories. And most importantly, you’ll make a difference”.

 

-Yogi






I am really starting to like Dr. Edelman. He is right-on on so many issues. He addresses some of the many things I’ve discussed on my blog about vitamins. Why are we spending so much money for vitamins? He also pointed out what I’ve been saying for years; that is, vitamins and minerals are not regulated by the FDA or any other governing body, so you never know what your really getting. I’d do like to comment on what he said about vitamins flushing out through our urine right away. This depends on whether or not the vitamin is water soluble or not. If the vitamin is FAT soluble, such as vitamin A, E, and K goes in to our fat cells before it hits our blood stream. Also fat soluble vitamins gets stored in the liver for emergencies. We don’t need a whole lot of fat soluble vitamins, they can become toxic if you take too much. Another point is, as much as many “RAW” food eater’s like to argue that “if you cook your vegetables you’ll loose all your vitamins”; this is 99% not the case, if the vitamins in it are fat soluble, the are retained in the vegetable. However, WATER soluble vitamins such as C, and B complexes flows right out of our urine quickly.


I have a friend right now that spends half his income on these vitamins and minerals, with the “belief” he’ll some day get rid of his diabetes and a few other ailments (at the cost of financial hardship to himself). Not to mention that my friend is putting himself at greater risk of herb to herb, and herb to drug interactions everyday. As I’ve said, we seriously need to re-evaluate what “natural” means. Don’t get me wrong, I am not in any way anti-vitamin, I just want people to open their eyes and not grab the first bottle they see because someone says get it, or because of the products “claims”, or key words that probably made you want to buy it in the first place. There is no magic potion, cures, or easy fixes for diabetes.

-Yogi






This video is my contribution to the “You Can Do This Project” @ youcandothisproject.com; which is a site were all diabetics come together to share their positive experiences, challenges, and while learn from each other. Many diabetics has contributed powerful and useful information. I am so happy that so many diabetics, bloggers, vloggers are putting so much in to the D.O.C. we need all the positive help we can get.

 

The legendary Donna Summer, the one and only queen of disco has dead this morning. Summers was battling cancer for quite some time, and tried to keep it from the public as best she could, said by close friends speaking to reporters. Donna Summer was one of the biggest stars of the 1970’s. Donna was kinda like a mellow Madonna back in the day, in that, she used her sexual energy to pump hits such as “Love To Love You Baby“, and “Try Me, I Know We Can Make it” and still kept her live performances classy. However, in my opinion, She didn’t really earn title of Disco Queen until the movie called “Thank God It’s Friday“. She had a VERY small part in “Thank God It’s Friday”, however, on its soundtrack, she sang a song called “Last Dancewhich has become not only a club/disco anthem, but has continued to be one of her biggest hits of all time. Her musical hits also include She Works Hard For The Money“, “Heaven Knowsand a duet with Barbra Steisand called “Enough Is Enough” which was another HUGE hit in the 80’s. Donna has had many, many more hits, and she was a very talented artist that will be truly missed by millions. Rest in peace Donna. R.I.P.

 

 

 

OverDrive is a free software application that allows you to download and read purchased/or temporarily borrow copy protected digital content. It is compatible with many book formats, such as Kindle, EPUB, and even PDF formats. You also have the ability to download audio books (usually in WMA or mp3 format). OverDrive is available for PC, MAC, Kindle, iPod, Blackberry, Windows Mobile ®, and Android, just to name a few.

I chose to write about OverDrive this week because those of us who have been diabetic for a long time, know it did not take us very long to discover how financially challenging diabetes can be, and how our financial situations can impact the kinds of resources that are available to us. Well, in terms of continued diabetic learning, I think that OverDrive can be a solution to many of us po folk :-) .

Why OverDrive? Many city/state libraries all over the world use OverDrive technology, which means you can download and read any available digital book for absolutely free! It works exactly the same way as if you were physically borrowing a book. All you need is the same library card you use to borrow physical books, to borrow digital books online. Simply download the OverDrive app for your PC or phone, install app, then visit your state’s library’s website using PC or phone, log in using your library card, and start searching for books to check out, download and read.  Each city and state borrowing guidelines will be different. In NYC you can borrow online protected book content (audios and video may vary) for 7, 14, 21 days. After this period the book/audio will automatically expire. Because of licensing, libraries can only lend x amount of copies of digital books per user, per state. This means that if their are only 50 digital copies available (in your state) for a particular book your interested in, and if it’s not available at the time, you’ll be put on the waiting list until the next “borrower’s license” expires (just like physical books). The only difference is that you don’t have to physically return the book, it will automatically return itself, and no late fees.

I also wanted to draw your attention to the obvious lack of availability for “real” diabetic books in the library’s digital collection. No wonder so many know so very little about this devastating disease.  Diabetics, non-diabetics, doctors, and other health care professionals need to take an invested interest, in terms of pushing the publishers to give more current books on diabetes to the libraries!

Note that you don’t have to only search for diabetes, there are other health books that can benefit just about any diabetic. In this day-and-age, there really is no excuse for anyone anymore. Today we have books about diabetes in just about every single popular language we can think of, and that includes Spanish.

 

© 2012 DiabeticRadio.com / Yogi

 

Hey guys,

Throughout each month, I receive all kinds of up-to-date diabetic news from various sources; including but not limited to, the diabetic community, health E-zines, health magazines, diabetes magazines, etc, etc. The latest buzz in the diabetes world, is the new and long awaited device called iBGStar. iBGStar is a small new device (now approved for the U.S.) that connects directly to your iTouch or iPhone and tracks your blood sugar history! That’s right folks! Unfortunately, because I don’t own an itouch or iphone I can’t give you a review. However, from what I’ve read, it really looks pretty cool.

The unit is developed by a company called Sanofi Diabetes, who also makes Lantus and Apidra. iBGStar requires absolutely no coding, the test strips are average priced, and asks for only 0.5 microliter sample of blood (about the same size that FreeStyle meter asks for). It stores about 300 blood results on the unit itself, and stores additional glucose data on your iPhone. It works with the iBGStar iphone application that needs to be downloaded and installed on your iPhone. The application cane be found in the itunes store of course. The software also allows you to create and view various charts to see your overall diabetes management. It’s also a great way to show your doctor, or health care team “on the fly” how your blood sugars are doing.

Have you ever had to deal with a doctor that loves to nitpick? You know, those doctors who only focus on the one or two high’s in your blood sugar log? I don’t know about you, but if my doctor ever complained about a really high blood sugar, 9 times out of ten, I’m not gonna remember why it happened. Well, another good feature on their iPhone app (which is slowly becoming standard) is that it allows you to attach “reasons” or default “tags for your blood sugars. These “tags” allow you to put a reason as to why your blood sugar was high AT A PARTICULAR MOMENT IN TIME. Example, if one moment your blood sugar was high, you can select “forgot insulin”, or “heavy workout”. Or maybe your sugars were high for almost a week? Then you can select “sick” or “health” indicating during that time you were not well, there for you had elevated blood sugar.

Just a personal note concerning this kind of strict diabetes management. If you choose to tightly manage your glucose control using the chart method, I implore you to not only learn, but make a habit of frequently backing-up your glucose data from your iPhone to your computer, by exporting your data files. From experience, even with my ipod I’ve had to restore it a couple of times. It’s just a fact of computer life that when you use a device that requires software in order to function, once in a blue moon, you may be faced with having to restore, or reset that unit, if this happens, all you data will be lost if your not backing up. However, if you just want to use this unit to simply get a reading, you don’t need to back-up, in fact, you don’t even need your iPhone, it will work standalone. I am so exited that there are many products coming out that will make diabetes sooo much easier. For more information about the iBGStar monitor click here

© 2012 DiabeticRadio.com / Yogi





In this episode, in essence, I talk about the importance of re-evaluating our perception of what is natural. There is such a misconception that if it’s “natural”, it is ok to consume in large quantities with no consequence. Also drug interactions, and issue of safety when it comes to medical marijuana. The words “herb, vitamins, and minerals” do not automatically mean fully safe, and not all vitamins come from natural sources.

 

Home Made Pear Sherbet

My Fresh Home Made Pear Sherbet

 

Now that it’s getting a little warmer, Summer will be here before you know it; and pretty soon many of us will start consuming more things like ice creams and all other kinds of frozen pleasures. Well, what about for us diabetics? What about those of us who are severely lactose intolerant? It really amazes me that, more than half of People of Color are lactose intolerant, yet there are very few treats that have no dairy in them.

Being lactose intolerant myself, it can become very difficult and frustrating, because sometimes I would eat one brand of dairy ice cream that will not effect my tummy as much, then if I chose to eat a different brand of ice cream, I could get violently sick. I find the same thing happens with some  gluten products as well; some gluten products don’t effect me, and other times I may get sick as a dog from eating another gluten product. Unfortunately, I’ve learned through various doctors that, this has a lot to do with the level of lactose/gluten contained in a product, and each individual person’s tolerance levels.

Well, an alternative is to make it yourself. Just about any type of food we can think of, would be healthier if we’ve made them at home. In terms of frozen treats, there are many things you can use as a replacement, such as milk can be replaced with Soy milk, Coconut milk, Almond milk, and even rice milk. Soy, Coconut, almonds, and Rice are also available in creamers too. The wonderful thing about them is that they are all dairy free, and have almost no saturated fats in them. Most are low in carbs as well.

Making frozen treats are really fun. It’s kinda equivalent to making seasoned rice, or gumbo, in that you have many different ingredient that go into the mixture. Making your own frozen treat is also often cheaper too. I’ve made the above pear desert with only fresh pears, Splenda, some vanilla soy milk, and a tiny bit of arrow root. You can also experiment/use other spices that complement sweet treats, such as, cinnamon, ginger, anise (which smells heavenly). You can also use the same special extracts that are  used to flavor cookies to flavor your frozen treat; and it will still be 10 times healthier than store bought products. Chop up the pears (I usually leave the skin on because it has nutrients as well as additional fiber. However do not do this with orange peals, they are much too bitter. It is easier just to juice those kinds of fruits) and put them in a pot to boil until soft. Then puree them with a hand blender, until it looks like a thick applesauce. Ideally, you’d wanna do one part fruit, and half part water. If the puree isn’t think enough, you can use a little arrow root. Put the puree in a container, and store in freezer for hour. Take out the cold mixture from the freezer, and put it in your ice cream maker. About twenty minutes later you have your frozen treat. Fast easy and healthier than store bought treats (if you know you like to eat them a lot). Not only was it delicious, but I got fiber, vitamin A, C, K, some B’s, potassium, magnesium, less than 100 calories, and only about 15 carbs in my treat serving; As  I’ve said earlier, their are a lot of things you can experiment with to your own liking, and a great way to spend quality with your kids, by turning this into a family activity.

Some Tips:

  • Arrow Root – Do not buy arrow root/arrow powder in a bag. It is very messy, messier than flower in my opinion. Get it in a container so that you can easily scoop it with a spoon. Arrow root is actually a plant often made in to a powder. It has thickening properties and is a wonderful alternative to regular starches. The reason why arrow root is perfect for frozen treats is because, unlike corn starch, it doesn’t gel up when refrigerated. Arrow root is the best for making Vegan ice cream (I think).
  • Fat – Fat is important when your making Sherbets and ice creams, because it enhances the taste, helps to prevent ice cream from sticking to the ice cream bowl, and gives velocity to the mixture. The important thing is to watch the amount of SATURATED & sometimes TRANS FATS fats, these are the bad fats . Fats that are in soy, coconut, almonds, and rice are higher in good fat and very low in bad saturated fats. My opinion, for the purpose of making frozen deserts, whatever type of milk you choose, try to have the standard 3.5 grams of fats, with saturated fats being less than 0.5 grams per serving. The results will be much better.
  • Sugar – Sugar is needed to prevent the ice cream from hardening as your ice cream maker chums the mixture. The natural sugar in fruit is a tremendous help.
  • Condiments and add on’s – Although most contents of an ice cream expands as it’s being chummed, like anything else, still be mindful of the sugar and calories in your ingredients. Remember it’s still possible to be unhealthy even with “healthier foods”.
  • Do not use Cool-Aid mixes, they will stain, if you don’t have stainless steel. Do not attempt to make ice cream, or sherbet, without using natural sugar and fat, the hardening of the ice will damage your ice cream maker. Do not attempt to make sorbet with only using Cool-Aid and sugar substitutes, they will damage your ice cream maker once the liquid starts to harden.

© 2012 DiabeticRadio.com / Yogirajj

 

March Issue Of Diabetes Forecast

March Issue Of Diabetes Forecast

 

Last month, in the Diabetes Forecast Magazine, was an interesting article on Gary Forbes. Gary talks to the ADA (American Diabetes Association) about living his life as an NBA star, and living with type1 diabetes. According to the article, he was diagnosed @ age 19 while in college, and like so many other diabetics, he tried to keep it somewhat a secret. Gary said that:

I just didn’t want to look at it as a sickness. I live a healthy lifestyle, and if you see me, no one would know I have diabetes.

Forbes also explained that his father has diabetes for over 20 years as well, and has learned much on how to live with diabetes through him. Gary has played basketball all over the world with type 1 diabetes, and says that in 2008 when he did not make the NBA in 2008, he stayed confident and focused on his new growing pains as a newly up and coming type 1 NBA player. Gary does not shy from his diabetes anymore; the article explains that he now sees it as part of his everyday life. After seven years with diabetes, Gary now feels like he has everything under control.

I’ve always been really good at managing how my blood sugars are, especially before games because I have to go out there and play to the best of my abilities.

The ADA has stated, once Gary shared to the world that he has diabetes, he could not stop. He is a constant motivator and inspiration to all that are struggling and dealing with diabetes. Gary encourage diabetic education. As I’ve always said, diabetic awareness is not stagnant, it is consistently changing, it never stays in one place, just like technology, we are always learning and discovering.

Gary checks his blood sugar 6-8 times a day, even more during game or practice. He even gives a quick outline of his daily regimen. If you can get your hands on last months magazine I think you’ll like the article. I am so happy that more and more people of color in the public eye (African American’s, Latinos, Blatinos in particular), are finally talking openly about diabetes. I think the stigma of diabetes unfortunately still continues to overwhelm many of us, and I don’t think people understand the heavy burden that some diabetics have. Unless we seek support from other diabetics, we will continue to suffer.

I think What Gary is doing serves four very important purposes:

  • Yes, people of color can and do get type 1.
  • No, type 1 is not only for infants anymore, and you don’t grow out of it.
  • Diabetes doesn’t stop you from doing what you want to do in life.
  • Diabetes can happen to anybody, it’s what you DO after you learn your diabetic is the key.

 

© 2012 DiabeticRadio.com / Yogirajj





Back to my podcast sequence, resuming at episode 55. I wanted to respond to the increase in botched surgeries, and complications that can arise after surgery. Some of the things I discuss in this video are not discussed by most doctors, because the goal of many of these doctors is to get you under the knife. Also how your A1C impacts your surgery, another important factor that is almost never mentioned to patients. Also, here is the link I promised to the lawyer’s blog, Hospital and doctor found guilty of negligence in botched gastric bypass surgery. Here is also a short news clip from channel 5. Finally, here is another link to a case were a woman died from (yet again) doctor not qualified to perform bypass surgery, interview by Jeff Lichtman. We all have to be so careful.




:-) This women is preaching!! Dr. Phyllisa Deroze, founder of BlackDiabeticinfo.com has also done an amazing video geared toward people of color. I can sooo relate to this video because many of those same things were also said to me. In the African American and Latino communities we are in desperate need of both real, and reliable diabetic education. For the life of me, I can’t figure out were our people are getting half their information from? We talk too much and read too little. The time starts yesterday for people of color to get on the diabetic bandwagon. Thank you tremendously Dr. Phyllisa Deroze for making this video, and being one of the few African American medical professionals (correction: although your PhD is in literature, both your videos and interviews are making a huge impact within the medical community, and people living with diabetes; so indirectly we are on some level connected to the medical community. We are the advocates that speak from experience and try to show the positive side of diabetes, which the medical community lacks. I feel we cannot be true diabetic advocates without at some point, having the subject of medical/medicine, health, nutrition, etc, arise), dedicated to educating people of color. Hopefully, it will open more of my blog members eyes!!



Awesome advice Ginger!! You always give great videos. I wish more of us would come out and talk about diabetes.



The above video illustrates the extreme lack of diabetic awareness in the medical community. Very rare do you hear another doctor address any issues with the medical clinics and hospitals, not only lack of diabetic knowledge, but poor medical procedures for diabetics going in to surgery.





Another great video from Dr. Edelman; he confirms what I’ve been saying throughout my blog, that in essence “moderation is the key”. Don’t take your freedom away to live your life, by listening to people who don’t have diabetes. So long as you test on a regular basis, and you work to have a better understanding of the impact of fats, carbs, sugars, protein, fiber, as well as other nutrients (rather then forbidding yourself to have particular foods), you can successfully live a healthy diabetic life.


 

Continuing with my series Diabetes 101, I talk about balancing blood sugars, carbs, insulin; and understanding the GI and the GL methods.





Our relationship with food is crucial when it comes to living a healthy diabetic life. Yet there’s still so much confusion surrounding what’s healthy. Like diabetes itself, food in relationship to our diabetes is a complex one. There is no such thing as a “perfect diabetic diet”, but there is a such thing as eating better. I give my thoughts on food, and give personal examples of how I deal with the daily challenges of food, in real world.

For some reason, lately I’ve been seeing a lot of articles about coffee possibly assisting in the prevention of type 2 diabetes? These articles can be very confusing at times. Many of these articles seems to only go one way or another. Many studies seem to point coffee in a favorable position, while others do not. However, as I dig further, the problem doesn’t appear to be in the coffee bean, but the caffeine within the coffee itself. Yet, I think that it’s accurate to say that, this is one of those things when “it depends on individual experience”.

I’d just like to take a quick minute to talk about my personal experience with coffee, without all the tons of research jargon. Before you continue to read, remember to consider that everyone’s body will be different, and the effects may not be the same.

I’ve done a little test a while back. I fasted one morning, consuming one cup of coffee and checked my blood sugar every hour for four hours. My blood sugars did not spike, in fact it almost was not effected at all. However, The next time I drank coffee in the morning, it would be with my usual breakfast, not only did I notice a significant spike in my blood sugars, I had to use more insulin to cover those sugars. My sugars also stayed higher longer than usual. I found out later that this was due to the caffeine in the coffee.

From what I understand, caffeine does mainly two things to a diabetic. One, it hinders your insulin’s ability to do it’s job. Two, it also triggers a release of other hormones that causes the liver to release more glucose than usual. Interesting in my case it did not do that, however, I definitely felt the difference when I drank it along with food.

I also have IBS (controlled). If I consume large amount of coffee (more than about 1 cup (8 ounces)) I’ve noticed that caffeine sometimes aggravates and causes terrible muscle spasms, and cramps in my stomach due to the IBS. By nature I don’t normally drink coffee, but when I do, it’s usually when I know I’ll be home for the day. However, some claim that coffee can assist in healthy bowl movements. Personally, I find this debatable; it’s like saying a lactose intolerant person who drinks a ton of whole milk get a healthy bowl movement, just because he or she got one. If You have IBS talk to your doctor, or nutritionist about caffeine.

What many people may not be aware of, is that caffeine is also an accelerant~stimulant, and may not be good for people with existing heart disease or high blood pressure. Too much caffeine can cause dangerous palpitations for people with existing heart conditions. It can have the same dangerous effects as an herb called Ma-huang if taken in large quantities.

Now it appears that almost every soft drink (and sometimes nutritional supplements) on the market contain caffeine in them. America literally runs on caffeine. How ironic that although coffee in large consumptions can be bad for us, it is another families livelihood.

© 2012 DiabeticRadio.com / Yogi

 

 

Once again, I really apologize for the long video this week :-) . However, you guys know I always have good information to share. I discuss the currently 6 major types of diabetes:

  • Type 1
  • LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Aduts) (type 1/type2 combo (the insulin resistance factor in some)
  • Gestational * Very important – every woman should listen to this
  • MODY (Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young) (a newer type of diabetes)
  • Syndrome X
  • Type 2

It’s my opinion that one should go out of their way to be aware of other types of diabetes, even if you don’t have it; because it will increase your overall diabetes knowledge, appreciation, and understanding.  After listening to my video, you’ll learn that despite their mechanical differences, all the types of diabetes are more alike than we realize.

I also speak on the importance of discriminating where you get your diabetes information from; the issue of weight, and some recent and developing news on type 2 diabetes. There has been an identification of autoantibody negative autoimmune in type 2 Diabetes Patients. Below are four downloadable resource links to more reports about this study:



Some great real life tips on traveling with type 1 diabetes. This video is a diamond in the ruff; very detailed information.

 

Our beloved Whitney Houston dies @ the age of only 48. Not sure of the full details yet. I’ll update the post as I find more info.

 

Yogi





Hey guys! Sit back and relax, class is now in session :-) ! I decided to start a small series on some important subjects, that haven’t really been discussed in greater detail throughout the various diabetic communities (and sometimes even our doctors). The first lesson this week is on insulin. What actually is insulin?



I’m starting to really like this guy! He gives a lot of great information. In this video, he goes into detail about exercising and insulin (from his personal experience). I would like to add that I’d wish he’d talked about the Dexcom. Wearing any kind of CGM really makes exercising a lot easier in terms of monitoring our sugars; something that non diabetics never have to worry about.




Some great tips on managing food with insulin, especially pizza.

A very informative video on how to appropriately and safely exercise while on insulin. This is a very important video, because it talks about one of they many thing few people comprehend about diabetes. Also, after watching, you will understand how important it is to test your blood sugar all the time.

This video is about the whole Paula Dean scandal and her diabetes diagnosis. Her diabetes has ignited heavy discussions within the diabetic community, in terms of her motives for coming out with diabetes, (and what seems to be her now “conflict of interest”) cooking show. Also a word about the overwhelming judgements that not only she got, but what all diabetics continue to get on a daily basis.

 

Soul and blues singer Etta James has died this morning @ age 73. Around 2010 she was diagnosed with leukemia, a little while later she developed dementia, said a health care worker in Riverside Hospital in California. She would have been 73 on this Wednesday. Etta used to sing on street corners until she was discovered at the age of 15 in San Francisco. Her musical influences were Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. She was truly one of many true talented performers. This feisty singer was best known for her hit songs such as “AT Last“, “I’d Rather Be a Blind Girl“, and “Sunday Kind Of Love“. To my understanding, she also had type 2 diabetes. She was reported to have kidney problems as a result of her diabetes. R.I.P. Etta James…..

 

A long-time diabetic was trying to get home from a long night at work. He suddenly had a low blood sugar while driving. The driver’s blood sugar got so dangerously low, that it caused him to uncontrollably weave off the lane he was driving in. Unfortunately, the particular cops on duty automatically assumed he was a drunk driver, and treated him as such. The driver was unable to speak for himself. The cops on duty cut the victim out of his seat buckle and began tasering him several times, still assuming he was a defiant drunk. Eventually, the victim went in to a diabetic comma by the time police realized something medically was wrong.

Harmon of Anderson Township (left) stands in the Manley Burke Law Office, with his lawyer, Tim Burke. Harmon is suing the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office for excessive use of force. / The Enquirer/Amanda Davidson

I repeat, 350+ million people with diabetes in the world, why are there so many uninformed? What more do we as diabetics have to do to get people to listen? You can hear the fright in this diabetic’s voice, as he is literally being tasered to death.  And the truth of the matter is, it could have actually gotten a lot worse; had the diabetic gone into a violent seizure, the cops on duty could have easily thought he was a threat.

The last I remembered about this case, the victim sued big-time (more than a million dollars), but I’m not sure what was the out-come. I beg of you, stop assuming what you think you know, read a book on diabetes.

-Yogi



Read more about the former Heavy Weight Champion of The World on Dlife. Click Here.

 

Jim Turner asks the question: What People Know & Don’t Know About Diabetes??






A very inspiring story about courage, determination, and the continued fight for diabetes awareness, and desperately needed programs to help save the lives of all diabetics around the world.

 

 

1. My non-diabetic friend accepts all of me, including my diabetes.

2. My non-diabetic friends never make blanket assumptions about my diabetes or me.

3. My non-diabetic friends truly listens to me when they ASK about my diabetes.

4. My non-diabetic friends are great to share food with, when controlling sugars!

5. My non-diabetic friends are informed about my diabetes, and know when I need help.

6. My non-diabetic friends know that diabetes is only part of who I am.

7. My non-diabetic friends are mindful of insensitive comments, especially in public.

8. My non-diabetic friends NEVER try and force THEIR way of healthy living.

9. My non-diabetic friends understands that EACH AND EVERY DIABETIC IS DIFFERENT!

10. My non-diabetic friends understand that a syringe does not mean I am a drug addict.

11. My non-diabetic friends laugh with me and not @ me.

12. My non-diabetic friends are interested in learning more about diabetes together.

13. My non-diabetic friends participate in the very things they recommend.

14. My non-diabetic friends…………….. (you fill in the rest)

 

-Yogi

 



This is a great video for non-diabetics. What not to say to a diabetic, if you love them or respect them..





Mike has done it again with this amazing video. He talks about some of the challenges of diabetes. Love the jokes Mike, keep up the good work!!!