Part 1 – My experience @ The American Diabetes Association’s StepOut: Walk To Cure Diabetes 2010
Part 2 – Some performances
Part 3 More performances, and everybody having fun and dancing!!! So beautiful to see all races together!!!
Part 4 The Walk To Brooklyn!!!
I hope my videos encourages you to not only come out and take care of your diabetes, but to educate yourself. There’s a world of information out there, just waiting for you to grab it.
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?
© 2010 DiabeticRadio.com
Everyone and anyone can develop diabetes. Doesn’t matter how old you are, your ethnicity, nor what you do for a living. Although food is a key element in controlling our diabetes, it is NOT the sole cause of our disease. One thing that really frustrates me about the medical community, is that they have taken the use of labels, and has used them in such a manner, that eventually caused the world to see diabetics as a stereotype. What makes us a Type 1, 2, LADA, or gestational diabetic, isn’t how we “look”, but what happens in our individual bodies that make us the type of diabetic we are. There are heavy type 1’s, as well as slim; It is also true that their are skinny type 2’s, as well as there are heavy. Unfortunately, newly diagnosed diabetics are often caught-up in the middle of this, therefore indirectly making learning extremely difficult. To my awareness, never have I heard any other disease were labels are used so frequently.
Millions more are continuously being diagnosed each year around the globe. This was never just an “American Disease”. Yet, our communities know even less now about diabetes than we did before. Why is this? Are doctors up to par with the latest diabetic information? Is it that diabetics are not motivated? Are we scared? Or does there still exist a distrust for doctors in general? I think in this day in age, it is even more imperative that diabetics emotionally support each other. Diabetes is a 24 hour job, most of us can’t live life one day without thinking something diabetic; be it counting carbs, or the financial strain of being able to afford our diabetic supplies.
I realize that it’s important for diabetics to have role models, which is part of the reason why I started this blog. Particularly in the poorer communities, we only hear the bad stuff about diabetes. You almost never hear about people such as myself, who at a young age developed full blown cataracts, and successfully came out of both surgeries with flying colors!! You’d never hear how people like me (at the final stages of cataracts (before my surgeries)) used shapes, sounds, kindness of strangers, and pure determination to find were I needed to go. You don’t hear about diabetics being well informed enough to challenge their doctor’s methods. You don’t hear about people literally reversing their diabetic complications. You don’t hear about people eating what they want (responsibly) and still manage to control their sugars. You do not hear about diabetics successfully controlling their blood pressure. You don’t hear about diabetics who are getting up and walking to literally save their lives. This is why I personally believe that so many of us lost our battles to this disease, in addition to the fact that so many of us can’t break out of our comfort zones. Comfort zones destroy any chances of self motivation.
I’ve gone through great lengths to share pieces of my life to the world, because I want people to know they can do it. Diabetes is not the doom and gloom we all thought once was. I am a living, fresh and blood proof that you can overcome with just a tiny bit of motivation. The goal is not to be a perfect diabetic, but simply make better choices; but you can’t make better choices, if your not informed about YOUR particular, and very individual diabetes. Controlling your diabetes takes a lot of personal soul searching, a lot of reading, a lot of listening, and a lot of discerning. People would ask me all the time “how do you know this”? or “how do you know that”? My answer to this has always been, “diabetic information is not esoteric!” In other words, diabetic knowledge is not sacred text locked away somewhere so that only great scholars can read it. Diabetic information is everywhere!! If you really wanted to know something about diabetes, you can easily find it with a click of the mouse, a phone call, a book, a magazine, a support group, a nurse, a doctor, a CDE, a nutritionist, the list goes on. It’s not anyone’s responsibility to tell you, YOU have to seek it for yourself!!!
© 2010 DiabeticRadio.com
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.