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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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Actor & humaniterian, Dorian Gregory was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes about the age of 9-10 years of age. Gregory is extremely proactive when it comes to diabetes. He raises funds for various charity organizations, that help research cures for diabetes.

Some time about 2004/2005, Dorian became Shemar Moore’s replacement, to host last season of “Soul Train”. He also made appearances on “Living Single”, “Moesha”, & “The Steve Harvey Show”. However, I think he is best known as Detective Darryl Morris, in the very popular TV series “Charmed”.

I show Animas pump users, how to extract insulin from their insulin pen to their Animas pump cartridge. This is a great way to use up your excess insulin pens, and save a little money at the same time. I also show you how to extract insulin from your Animas cartridge to your syringe. Great way to save on insulin, and to get insulin for those unexpected emergencies. PLEASE NOTE, ONLY USE RAPID ACTING INSULINS, SUCH AS NOVOLOG & APIDRA. DO NOT USE LEVEMIR, HUMULIN, L, N, or LANTUS, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES; THESE INSULINS ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE USED IN A PUMP, AND CAN BE FATAL!!

Epidemic or misclassification?

“In 1990, when the data from the first type 1 diabetes registry cohort in Philadelphia were collected, there were 155 registries in 70 countries. Of those registries, 12 were in the U.S. Currently, Philadelphia is one of only four U.S. ongoing population-based registries, and the data from Philadelphia remain integral in the identification of racial differences and temporal trends. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children in Philadelphia was stable between the first and second cohorts but has increased from 1990–1994 to 1995–1999. The incidence in Hispanic children, who in Philadelphia are almost exclusively of Puerto Rican origin, remain the highest of any racial group of children 0–14 years of age in the U.S. Other registries have demonstrated a high incidence in Puerto Rican children. The etiology of this high incidence remains unclear, and the genetic and environmental factors need further exploration. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in Hispanic children of Puerto Rican origin is high both in Puerto Rico and in the U.S., unlike reports of other populations demonstrating significant changes in incidence rates after migration”.

The above quote came from the American Diabetes Association “Diabetes Care” research site. After reading the above text, do you still think that only Caucasians get type 1? Of course, type 1 people are not exclusively philadelphians. However, it does show the gross neglect in the research of type 1 people of color. Much of this has to do with the outrageous misconceptions of black people and how all of us live. How many Afro-Americans/people of color, most likely have died from DKA, because of automatic assumptions of what kind of diabetes we have, AND even assumptions of how we take care of ourselves based on the color of our skin? This has turned in to another form of discrimination folks, and what’s worse, we also do it to ourselves.

The other issue I’d like to bring to your attention, is the issue of LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults). I suspect that a good percentage of patients, classified as type 2 who are now insulin depended, maybe actually type 1.5 or LADA. This is a very important subject to look in to, because, many diabetic Afro-Americans/poeple of color, still possessed the mentality, “If I have to take insulin, then I did not take good care of myself, and I probably deserved it”. When in actuality, they may have had a form of type 1 and their doctors were not savvy enough to recognize it. I’ve talked to a LOT of type 2 people who’s doctors had to reclassify them as LADA. The reason why this is so important, if a person thought to be type 2 is beating themselves up, about having to take insulin for the rest of their life, it may not have been their fault anyway; you would eventually have had to take insulin anyway, regardless. I am very anxious to see more findings on this subject mater from the ADA.

Full ADA article Read more….

Also read Endocrine Today

“Today’s Drum”, is an all African American website, that has resources and news on various subjects, that effect people of color. Although it appears not to have been updated for about 2 months, it still has a lot of important and useful information. Here’s a great article from their site, that talks about the best ways to handle type 1 diabetes concerning your children. It also discusses common warning signs for African Americans, & the best way to explain type 1 diabetes to your very young children.


I almost forgot. Another well known rapper is Tim Parker, also known as the “Gift Of Gab”, is also type 1. He used to go by the name of  “Tiny T or Gabby T”. He’s had string of hits, working with groups like Blackalicious. Check out “Make You Feel That Way”. Also check out “Alphabet Aerobics & Chemical Calisthenics”, I love the slow then quick beats. Very unique in deed.

Now, lets be honest, how many doctors would look at him, and say he is type 2? The reason is quite obvious! He is not a thin person, how can he be T1 and overweight? How many doctors would give him the benefit of the doubt of being T1? I don’t think many :-). How many trips to the hospital as a result of DKA? I can relate to him so much, as he had eye surgery as well, as a result of complications with diabetes.

This article is also on Dlfie here.


I am so happy that more and more celebrities, are coming out with their diabetes. It helps us to understand that we are not alone. It also suggest that we can be successful in anything we do, while living with diabetes. GhostFace Killah, former member of the Wu-Tang Clan, has type 1 diabetes. Yes he is African American folks, LOL.. Below is a very interesting article from Dlife, about GhostFace Killah and his carrer. Diabetes is everywhere! We are not alone. Read article here.

I absolutely can’t believe how unbelievably difficult it is to find news, on African Americans effected by Type 1 diabetes. It is fruitless for us to stay so secretive about our disease!! There is absolutely nothing wrong with us!! There’s nothing wrong with ANY type of diabetes for that matter.

I think unfortunately, this adds so much to the constant stigma that only very old, and extremely overweight people of color get type 2’s, and that type 1 is exclusively a Caucasian child’s disease. Diabetes was not the same 50 years ago, we know so much more now about this disease. I challenge health care professional to come out of the dark ages, and read current (accredited) books on diabetes. I challenge you to listen to your patients, there’s lots to be learned from a patients experiences with the drugs YOU give them. Because we diabetics need you to be up to date, we need you to listen.

A perfect example, is this very young woman (pictured above), who happens to be black, happens to have a little weight, and who happens to HAVE type 1 diabetes. She is trying a new experimental drug called DIAMYD. The drug works to preserve the any remaining islet cells left, that hasn’t been destroyed by her own antibodies. This looks exciting and promising. Check out the video here. Although this drug looks promising, The video left me with some unanswered questions:

  • What are the long term effects of taking this drug?
  • Are there any age limits or minimums?
  • If this drug is used to prevent type 1, does this mean it needs to be taken for life?
  • Can this drug possibly inhibit important antibodies from doing their jobs?
  • What’s the likelihood of other drug interactions?
  • Socially speaking, with the vast majority of diabetics that are stigmatized, How long will it take for the rest of the medical community @ large to learn about this new potential drug?
  • Is there a gauge that doctors can use, to determine if the patient still may, or may not need insulin?

I’m not really a fan of taking pills any kind, other than vitamins and herbs. However, if this drug proves to be safe, I’m all for it! If this drug is successful, it will hopefully, and probably cause the cost of insulin to plummet; which in tern will benefit those diabetics who still need to take insulin.


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Thank you for your patience. I have updated the video, and we’re good to go..

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

I am so proud of this young man. He is one of the very few T1 diabetic african americans, who is welling to come out and share his experience. Videos like these are hard to come by, as so many people of color still prefer to keep their diabetes a secret. I hope to find more videos like his, in hopes that I can assist in destroying the myth that minorities only get type 2 diabetes; that minorites are the only race of people to get type 2 disease because of overweight, bad food and inactivity. Yes, type 1 can and DO exist in people of color too!! We just don’t hear about it as much. I have not yet seen a part 2 to this video.

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