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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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You can purchase Richard's book by clicking on the graphic of his book below.




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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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n the US more people are developing kidney failure, and are becoming candidates for a transplant

Most of the studies on kidney donation focus on the recipients and how well they adjust to their new kidneys. A new study documents how well donors fare after the surgery. Kidneys are the most sought after donor organs around the world, according to the World Health Organization. To address the shortage, some hospitals have created programs that pair prospective donors with recipients. In 2006, the Johns Hopkins University Hospital held a news conference to announce a successful operation involving 10 people: five donors and five recipients.

Dr. Dorry Segev was one of the surgeons. He outlined the problem in an interview with VOA. “Every year we list more and more people for a kidney transplant and that’s because more and more people are developing kidney failure, more people are becoming candidates for a transplant,” he stated. People often become donors because a loved one needs a kidney. Some do it for altruistic reasons. That was Judy Payne’s motive. “It didn’t seem to be that hard of a decision. I like to give to others. I like to share what I can of my blessings,” she said.

Dr. Segev studied more than 80,000 live kidney donors from the time of surgery until three months afterwards. “What we found is that live donation is very safe, the risk of dying from donating a kidney is 3 in 10,000 which is much lower than the risk of almost any other operation that you can undergo.” Dr. Segev says the research snows that men and African-Americans have a slightly higher risk of dying after donation than other groups, but the risk is still small and that it has nothing to do with having only one kidney. “If you match live donors to other healthy people in the population there is no increased risk of dying down the road attributable to having only one kidney instead of two,” he said.

Research shows that the number of donors over the age of 50 has doubled. That’s one reason doctors want to know the risk of all groups of people before heading into surgery. The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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I’ve found an interesting article from “Diabetes Forecast” about kidney disease. I recommend every diabetic should have a basic understanding of our kidneys, and how high levels of sugar over time can damage our them.  The article talks about how high blood pressure can be a sign there’s a kidney problem. Also how getting a Urine albumin test can determine any indications of potential kidney failure in the future. Check out the article here @ Diabetes Forecast.