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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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How to prepare for those unexpected moments, when diabetic looses his or her job. The importance of staying focused..

I’ll try to put this in layman’s terms; a percentage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates gets broken down into glucose (carbohydrate are the bulk of incoming sugars). In terms of diabetes, when we talk about sugar/carbohydrates, it is common that most people would think of candy and sweets. However, in actuality the same carbs that’s in candy, are also in apples, carrots, pasta, rice, etc. Sugar exist in almost every single thing we consume each day, it is impossible to avoid.

This nutrition label is based on two large oranges, taken from Calorie King's website. As you can see, these oranges has more sugar than one pack of plain old fashioned Twinkies (which is about 24-30 carbs) We need to focus on quality carbohydrates. calorieking.com

Although not the sole cause, but a huge contributor of type 2 diabetes, are what I call “empty sugars”. Empty sugars to me are basically foods that contain sugars with no nutritional value. Two average sized oranges can actually contain more sugar than a 1 pack of 2 traditional Twinkies cakes, yet, oranges are enriched with immune boosting vitamin C. Sugars aren’t the “bad” stuff. Sugars are really what the body uses to sustain life!! But if you consistently consume empty carbs, such as things that have processed sugars (ie, cakes, microwavables, canned foods), your not giving your body the nutrition it needs to rebuild itself. Glucose is the energy your body needs to live, but overall good nutrition are the building blocks of life. Without decent nutrition, your body cannot regenerate cells to heal wounds, fight bacteria, metabolize sugar properly, or keep vital organs functional.

Your liver shares the responsibility of regulating blood sugar, and in essence, produces the glucose your body needs to survive. During the digestion process, the liver also stores about 8-12 hours worth of glucose to be used as reserves. Before Glucose is stored in the liver, it is converted into glycogen. Throughout the day, your liver breaks down that reserved glycogen back in to glucose, and delivers small amounts of now sugar in to the blood stream. This keeps your body functional.

Sensing the presence of  glucose, the pancreas’s beta cells release insulin to help glucose enter your body’s millions of cells for energy. As a result of these processes, both the liver and the pancreas together help regulate your blood sugars and keep them at safe levels.

The pancreas and liver are extremely important, because it protects your body from accumulating high sugar levels in the body. If high glucose levels occur, the body will try to use expel this excess sugar by way of urination (which is the reason for the heavy thirst). Over time if not corrected, will start to damage vital organs, such as kidneys and heart, as well as a host of other complications.

Every single body movement, heartbeat, exercise, and even mental thoughts, require glucose to function normally. The brain uses a large portion of daily glucose, because it is the central processing unit. This is one of the reasons why, if your glucose levels are too low, confusion often sets in. Your brain absolutely cannot perform with low glucose. Your brain would be literally in competition with the rest of your body for glucose.

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Feeling good does not mean you can completely stop taking your meds on your own.

Saturday August 28, 2010 @ St. Mary’s Park South; Food Demonstrations by: Chef Denisse Oller. Affiliated with the American Diabetes Association. Free medical Screenings, Live Music & Dancing, Children Activities, Guest Speakers, Health Info and More..


August 28, 2010 11AM – 6PM

St. Mary’s Park, 146th Street – 148 Street
St. Ann’s Ave, Bronx, NY
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This video is extremely informative. It takes an in-dept look of the serious reality of diabetes. I highly recommend that all my visitors watch this video.

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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A pilot medical study by the University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA, uses mobile phones to help diabetes patients in South Africa. Our correspondent spoke with the physician behind the study, Neal Kaufman, about the expanding role of technology in personalized health care.

The UCLA project uses texting on mobile phones to encourage patients with type 2 diabetes to adopt more healthful lifestyles.

Dr. Kaufman, a professor of pediatrics and public health at UCLA, says this form of the disease, called adult-onset diabetes, is becoming common, even among children. He says the problem is in our genes.

“Our genetics have programmed us to want to eat sugar, salt and fat, and to be as inactive as possible,” he said. “And that’s what allowed us to survive when there was famine and when there was not enough food, when we didn’t want to burn any calories.”

Today, he says fat, salt and calories are too readily available and that health care practitioners must find ways to urge patients to avoid them. Text-messages provide one way to do that.

The South African study pairs low-income women with type 2 diabetes and links them by cell phone. Each day, a computer program sends an automated message to prompt a conversation between the women. The message might ask whether they ate a healthy breakfast or simply how they are feeling.

“The text message will ask them a question. That question, they answer to their peer as a way to begin a conversation or to encourage a conversation between peers,” said Dr. Kaufman. “And what we find is that a lot of these women who would otherwise be isolated and not have someone they could talk with are texting back and forth to each other, which they’ve never done before, in a way that’s really quite supportive.”

The text messages are supplemented by group meetings to help educate patients and provide face-to-face support.

Dr. Kaufman developed the program through a company he co-founded called DPS Health – one of many initiatives that uses technology in health care.

The South African project fosters peer-to-peer support and Dr. Kaufman says it has the advantage of being inexpensive. If the program proves successful, it can be expanded to a larger population at low cost. Most important, Dr. Kaufman says, it does not require a computer or Internet connection.

Other technologies connect patients to physicians or offer online chat rooms moderated by a trained medical practitioner. Internet sites provide prenatal advice for mothers or allow patients with specific medical conditions to share advice and comments. Some sites are moderated by trained professionals.

Dr. Kaufman says this type of technology will be an increasingly important link between patients and medical providers.

“We basically believe that most outcomes from chronic conditions can be improved if you help patients to help themselves,” said Dr. Kaufman. “Some people call that self-management support – managing their daily lives, helping them take their medicines, helping them to be more active, helping them to adopt health behaviors.”

Dr. Kaufman says the South Africa study will yield important information on how a population of middle-aged diabetes patients responds to text prompts from mobile phones. He says results so far show that patients are interacting and encouraging each other.

The UCLA researcher says the project is part of a trend to connect patients.

“We know that social support is the wonder drug of the 21st century, that connecting people to other people – whether it’s in person, whether it’s online, whether it’s through a cell phone – is really a very, very powerful medicine,” he said.

The World Health Organization says six people die every minute from complications from diabetes and that the prevalence of the disease is rising rapidly. It says the largest number of diabetes patients is in India, followed by China.

Dr. Kaufman says that if the UCLA project is successful, it can be applied to low-income diabetes patients around the world, including in the United States, where the disease is also a major problem.

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