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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 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.


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.

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

Cinnamon is used for a variety of things, including (but not limited to), candies, tea, lacquers, breads, oatmeal, and puddings. In terms of medicine, cinnamon has been used to help fight certain forms of cancer, such as lymphoma. It is also said that a spoon of cinnamon every morning can help ease arthritis. For decades herbalists, and doctors of natural healing, have been recommending cinnamon to Type 2 diabetics for the control blood sugars. Lots of diabetics make many claims of stable sugars as a result of the power of cinnamon, however, does this really work? Personally speaking, I’ve tried using cinnamon a few times without medication, it did not make any significant differences in my blood sugar levels. I took ruffly 800 – 1000 mg (which I estimate to be about 2 table spoons full) daily, with about a half hour of walking, my glucose levels would only go down about 10-20 ml/dl in a 2 hour period.

I still think that cinnamon is a good daily supplement, if used along with something else, such as chromium picolinate (which also helps your body to become more insulin sensitive). Always use chromium picolinate, because your body can break it down a lot easier than regular chromium. A multivitamin is good as well, it will most likely contain chromium picolinate anyway. .

If you choose to make cinnamon a part of your daily supplement, be aware that you don’t have to spend a bunch of money. In fact, the same cinnamon you’d find in your local supermarket, is the SAME cinnamon you’d find in more expensive health stores such as GNC.  The only difference is that, the health stores sells them in capsule form. Why pay more? The only exception is if you purchase a multi-herbal complex that contains other herbs in it, such as Nature’s Way’s Blood Sugar, which includes several more herbs like bilberry root, which helps with eye health; and fenugreek, which is used as a detox, and immune booster.

Along with exercise, you should start seeing results. As always, consult your physician to make sure cinnamon, and or any other multi-complex your thinking of taking on a daily basis, is safe to use with your current medications. Monitor your blood sugars more closely, until you know how these herbs/vitamins effect your blood sugars.

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I guess I should start off by making my readers aware of the differences between Vegans and Vegetarians. Vegans are what I call the fanatics of raw foods and humanitarianism. Vegans are individuals who absolutely under no circumstances will eat ANY meat, meat by products,  certain candies such as taffy (because some taffy’s have pork by products in them), they will not wear leather or silk, nor will they purchase wool carpets. It is the utmost importance, for a vegan to only consume “organic” and or freshly grown plant based foods. You’d often find Vegans fighting for animal rights and cruelty, similar to that of groups like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Some die-hard Vegans will go as far as to force domestication on wild animals; in other words, don’t be surprised to see a swine sitting comfortably inside their owner’s living-room.

I’m sorry to say but I’ve also encountered Vegans who posses an air of “I’m better than you because I don’t eat meat” kinda attitude. Which is a real turn off by the way. The next thing you know, you are bombarded with hints and innuendos, to try and get you to abandon your horrible meat eating lifestyle, because it’s “bad for everybody”. The truth of the matter is, I’ve seen some pretty unhealthy Vegans too!! However, I digress…

Inside the world of vegan-ism, you’ll read and hear a lot of propaganda concerning the “healing powers of raw foods”. Many vegan venues work very hard to sell everyone the idea that eating raw food will heal ANY sickness you can think of. Those of you who follow my blog know my position on these apostolic like teachings of “miracle cures”.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying in anyway that eating healthy is a waste of time; however, I am saying that it is a whole new bowl of wax, once an organization or entity starts to profess claims of healing that does not work for everyone. Too many of these claims of “you can heal yourself”, comes from doctors and organizations that are simply trying to corner a market and make money.

I’ve seen a few documentaries about “raw food retreats”, that are usually located out in a suburban country somewhere. Many people including diabetics can benefit from something like this, however, once you come back home to the stress of the city; the reality is, what is the likelihood you’ll have access to the same foods? What is the likely hood that 5-10 years later you won’t be tempted to revert back to old way of eating?? I am all about being realistic. In this case, it’s not about eating more leaves and branches, it’s about making better food choices, which can include raw foods.

The same way (for whatever reason) some meds don’t work in some people, the same is true for plant based consumption. It’s important to understand that we all are individuals with bodies that are not replicas of each other. This is by no means meant to discourage anyone from a raw foods lifestyle, I just want to make people aware that, it is very possible to be on a plant based diet, and still be unhealthy, which can be due to a plethora of reasons. Becoming a Vegan does not = (equal) no doctor needed.

Vegetarians are basically individuals who also do not eat meat, and primarily eat a plant based diet. However they DO consume some dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Some Vegetarians will even eat eggs. They are generally not fanatical in their lifestyles, in the same way that many Vegans are. I guess it is also safe to say that, most Vegans are born into a lifestyle of Plant eating, were as most people Vegetarians later on in their lives. Vegetarians are not only a little more liberal in their diets, but usually are people that just want to live a little more healthier overall.

In short, ultimately, whether you choose to be Vegan, or Vegetarian, or not at all, is a personal choice. However, It is also my opinion that, one should not become a Vegan/Veg solely because you think it will remove all your preexisting diseases; do it because it’s an overall healthier way of life.

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