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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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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.




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.




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…..


Phenomenal old school rapper Heavy D, AKA Dwight Arrington (pictured second from the right), collapsed dead yesterday. He collapsed in front of his home, and emergency room (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) pronounced him dead. It is said that his death was caused by pneumonia, after a recent trip overseas. Heavy D was born in Mount Vernon NY. He was best known for songs like “Overweight Lover’s in the house”, “Now that we’ve fond love“, and many more. I admired heavy D so much, because he was one of the very few rap artists that realized, you don’t have to use foul language to sell records.  Although I could not find any evidence that he was a diabetic, I consider him a role model for us big boys & girls. The overweight lover did not let his size become a hindrance in his life. Not to mention that the man used to dance his butt off. Rest in peace.. R.I.P.

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Stunningly beautiful, plus sized model (for Plus Size Magazine) Mia Amber Davis, Died around Tuesday of last week (May 10, 2011) . Mrs. Davis had been suffering from a long time pain resulting from an old childhood leg injury. She finally decided to have a routine procedure done on that leg; and within 24 hours, she felt sick and dizzy. By the time Mia was rushed back to the hospital, there was nothing that could be done. She was pronounced dead shortly after. From what I understand, the autopsy still has not been completed; however, the coroner said it looks like she died from a blood clot; which more than likely, was a complication that developed shortly after the surgery.

Most people may remember Mia, when she played the character “Rhonda”, in Road Trip (2000). She started off her career as an intern in the entertainment industry, then worked her way up to production assistant for shows such as, “the Ricky Lake Show”, “Show Time At The Apollo”.  Later in her career, Mia became a plus sized model. Her modeling resume includes Ashley Stewart, Curvation (Queen Latifah’s), and Lane Bryant.  She later on became creative editor “At Large” for Plus Model Magazine.

Although I could not find any evidence that she was a diabetic, I decided to still write about her anyway, because she was the embodiment of positivity, passion,  self-confidence, and truly was comfortable in her own skin as a full figured/plus sized woman. In my opinion, she was truly a role model, for the many diabetics (and otherwise), that struggle every day with body image and self-esteem, and who are consistantly verbally beaten over the head about weight. Mia has proven that not only can you be successful while being “overweight”, but also weight can no longer be used as an excuse to not get what you want.

I stumbled upon an interview on CNN, hosted by Cambell Brown, and posted on Youtube. It aired 2009, and it was Mia and Mimi Roth, who is supposed to be this “Obesity Expert” (it appears to me that everyone is a self-proclaimed “expert” these days). The topic was “Are Overweight People Being Used As A Scapegoat”?  The CDC put out a report that states that our country has spent 147 billion dollars on “obesity related illnesses”. This was kinda an interesting interview, although I thought Mimi Roth was being a total b***h. Mrs. Roth, almost throughout the entire interview, pulled out and quoted all these statistics, totally ignoring the genetic factor to both diabetes, obesity, and many other disease made to be our fault. This is clearly why, if your not a doctor, you should not get up on TV talking about health, especially about diseases you don’t have first hand experience. In my opinion, often too many times statistics are missed used. Yes, government is paying a lot for obesity related conditions/illnesses. However, we are also paying billions of dollars out our own pockets for gimmicky weight loss products, fake nutritional supplements, over priced “organic foods”, and some that are in such desperation, risk  their lives for dangerous procedures (that may or may not work) such as bariatric surgery. 

So, money just isn’t coming out of the governments pockets, or the insurance companies pockets, it’s also coming out of our pockets. This notion that all people are fat because we wanna be fat & lazy is absolutely retarded, discriminatory, and obsured. Oh yeah, and the same food that fat people are eating, skinny people are eating too. It’s a two way street… Hellloooo??

Statistics/numbers/percentages can be used to sway people in any direction. The problem with statistics is that, they often don’t tell the full dept of a story. Just because you know a numerical value, doesn’t necessarily mean that you understand the facts behind those statistics..

I think Mia explained her position very well, and she spoke from the heart without the loss of composure. Mia has also done a lot of work, promoting positive images of full figured women through out her career. She will be missed by many. R.I.P.

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This is one of my favorite artists. Sorry that the voice is not quite in sync with the video. :-)

My apologies, it is obvious that I am extremely late with this piece of news :-), but I thought it is still worth while writing about it. Shawty Lo is a fairly well known rapper, some of his work includes “Dey Know (remix ft. Lil Wayne)”, & a song called “Dunn Dunn”. Some time during 2007-8, rumors surfaced the rapper had HIV/AIDS, when in fact he had diabetes.

I could not rap my head around the idea, that this kind of rumor would receive such media attention. My first thought was, this rumor had to have been started by a rival rapper. That I am aware of, no woman has came forward, claiming he infected anybody? The only thing I can think of, that would make someone think such stupidity, has to be the fact that we diabetics often use the bathroom a lot, or maybe the rapid weight loss. Of course the uninformed, gossiper, trouble maker, etc., is ready to go and spit venom for no apparent reason.

In the beginning, I was ready to just write it off as “the price of fame”. However, I’ve realized, this kind of maliciousness goes on in our everyday lives. The problem with rumors though, it’s hard to shake it off once one has been started. Even worse, when a rumor is partly true, then that truth is manipulated.

After he cleared up the outlandish accusations of HIV infection, and confirmed to everyone that he does in deed have diabetes, he has been very active in all sorts of diabetes causes. This includes not only participating, but fund raising for the American Diabetes “Step Out And Walk” campaign (every year to my understanding).

I am so happy that more celebrities, and men and women in the public eye, are sharing about a disease that is so personal. Then again, maybe Shawty Lo was forced to come out with diabetes? Maybe he would have never said anything had that nasty rumor ever manifested? Who knows?

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Isley Jasper Isley ... (Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley). Photograph: AP

Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper and Marvin Isley. Photograph: AP

Bass player Marvin Isley of the Isley brothers has passed away on Sunday June 6, 2010; inside a Chicago hospital as a result of diabetic complications. Before his death, he retired early from playing in the group some time in the 1990’s. Later on, the disease progressed to a stage were both his legs were eventually removed.

Marvin was a great bass payer who helped the Isley brothers develop their distinct sound. At one point there were five Isley brothers in the group, including Marvin. Today, only Ronald Isley is touring full time after a three-year stint in federal prison for tax evasion.

The group’s hits included “Twist and Shout,” later recorded by The Beatles, “Love The One You’re With,” and the Grammy-winning 1969 smash, “It’s Your Thing.”

Diabetes is real folks!! It’s not a game. Become aware, and learn all you can about diabetes; by reading books, talking to your DOCTOR, and asking your DOCTOR questions..

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