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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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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.

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.

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.

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

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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!!!!

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 :-) .

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.

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.


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 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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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.



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:

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?

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.

There are still a lot of people who deny diabetes, they deny the devastation that it can cause, and they deny the life style changes that is needed to over come diabetes. I talk about some of these issues. In addition, I was watching a very old 1980’s documentary (which I’ve included in the end this video (public domain)) called “Faces Of Aids”.  As I was watching this video, I could not help but to notice the many striking social similarities between HIV/AIDS and the struggles of diabetes. From taking dangerous experimental drugs, to the heavy stigmas placed on us. I think you will enjoy both my video and the documentary. We must get a handle on both these diseases, otherwise they will destroy us all. What you don’t know can hurt you. This is a wake up call.

This is an important episode, I talk about they best ways that a health care professional, doctor, CDE, RN can help people with diabetes (from a patient’s point of view). Please fwd this video to anyone you know that professionally cares for people with diabetes.

Sharing some footage I took of the Bronx Health Fair, held in NYC by the American Diabetes Association. I had Lots of fun. I also got to do some volunteering, and met some really nice people there. Thanks for all your hard work guys, you’ve done an awesome job.

In this episode, I give a couple of tips on how to make your infusion sets & CGM sensors stick longer. Please note, you should wear your infusion set for no longer than 3 days (tops) at a time.

Just wanted to share something that I experienced a very long time ago, which lead up to the topic of this weeks episode. Diabetes & Discrimination.

What is C-peptide? How can it benefit people with type 2?

Long overdue meter review, for the FreeStyle Lite glucometer.

This episode is about being aware of what food labels are really saying to you. I also talk about the importance of portion control, as it is one of the many key components, in addition to good exercise for blood sugar control.

In this video, I give a couple of tips on testing your blood sugar. I also discuss the 20% rate of accuracy for all glucometers.

It is my personal opinion that, every doctor should tell all their diabetic patients about ketones/ketoacidosis. It’s a potentially dangerous diabetic complication, and it gets over looked all the time. Both type 1 & 2 can get ketoacidosis. In this video, I talk about the importance of having ketone test strips handy for emergencies. Sorry for the minor mispellings in the video, too much work to redo for itunes/youtube.

This is an important episode. How to help your doctor, help YOU!! Paying attention to what’s going on in your body, and how you feel, gives valuable clues to your doctor. These clues can not only help your doctor make a better diagnosis, but effectively treat what ever condition you have.

There are many digestive complications that can arise from uncontrolled blood sugars. Some conditions are not exclusive to diabetes, yet many diabetics have them. I talk about just a couple of these issues.

Act1 has discovered that over the years, more and more large companies that manufacture test strips, are either reducing their Patient Assistant Programs, or discontinuing them all together, leaving many poor diabetics to their dooms. They claim that they can’t afford to ship test strips to their PAP participants; in other words, the cost of shipping is eating their profits….. Bull****.

Act1 has created a digital petition on their website, to call many of these big manufactures to action, startint with Roche (makers of Accu-chek). We are asking that Roche (and similar companies in size) either reinstate their PAP services for financially challenged diabetics, or increase their contribution to the diabetic community. We are asking all site visitors take time to sign our digital petition, to not only show our strength in numbers, but to make these companies understand that, having test strips can be a matter of life and death for many. This will be a very long and dragged out battle; however, we’ve got the ball rolling.