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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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Sorry it took me so long to get these clips. I finally got the last footage taken by our volunteer camera man. This will be the final episode of the Act1’s World Diabetes Day/Non-Profit Celebration 2010 series. I just can’t believe how wonderful everything came out that day. Everyone had a great time. I can’t think of anything better than gathering together with other diabetics, lauphing, dancing, sharing, and honoring each other. The room was filled with type 1/LADA of every size, shape, and ethnicity. Thank you to everyone for making this happen. Thank you Manny Hernandez, founder of tudiabetes.org & estudiabetes.org for stopping by and sharing with us. Thank you camera man for donating your time, even though you accidentally spelled my name wrong in one of the clips :-) .

Last week, Katie invited Mrs. Ross, and myself as guest speakers to a mini conference, held at Hunter College School of Social Work, located here in NYC. The goal of the mini conference was to help enlighten future social workers, on the real life challenges that many people with disabilities face. Primarily, we talked about the various levels of discrimination, that exist for both people with diabetes and mental illness.

Because the purpose of the conference was to inform social workers, and since so much personal information was shared amongst us, we were all bound to a privacy disclosure. Therefore, out of respect to all those involved, I will not release my entire digital/audio recording of this event. I am still searching through what may be “publishable”.

I’ll be honest, at first I was kinda shocked, because personally, I never ever considered my diabetes to be a disability. However, during my participation, I’ve learned that the word disability can have numerous meanings in certain situations (including legal).

A perfect example of this is Medicaid. One participant explained that she was not approved for medicaid, despite the fact she proved she could not afford her diabetes supplies, they denied her. Another participant shared that, if she’d mentioned that she had type 1 diabetes at the time of her Medicaid hearing, she would have been approved on the spot! However, it also shows a perfect example of the kinds gross discrimination that people of type 2 face every single day, in addition to lack of diabetic awareness amongst the general society (other than what we see on TV).

I’ve also learned that the word disability is a very loaded word; because it’s not just the technical definition of the word, but also the collective and social definition of the word disability; by the images we see that determine what a disability “looks like”.

Meriam Dictionary – Disabled: incapacitated by illness or injury; also : physically or mentally impaired in a way that substantially limits activity especially in relation to employment or education.

Dictionary.com – Disability: 1,  lack of adequate power, strength, or physical or mental ability; incapacity. 2, a physical or mental handicap, especially one that prevents a person from living a full, normal life or from holding a gainful job. 3, anything that disables or puts one at a disadvantage: His mere six-foot height will be a disability in professional basketball.

Oxford Dictionary – Disability:  A physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities:children with severe physical disabilities.

For many of us with “disabilities”, the above definitions do not apply to all of us. Should these definitions be updated to include the growing and unique circumstances of diabetics & people with mental illness?

In my opinion, these definitions should include the kind of disability that cannot be seen. I’ve learned over the years that there are many “functional mentally ill” patients, as well as very healthy diabetics (without complications). Yet, the mixed messages, and half truths we get from the media concerning diabetes, has so many confused and misinformed. Currently there are 350+ million people with diabetes around the world, 10% of that figure are type 1 diabetics, that’s about 35 million type 1 diabetics (and growing) of ALL shapes, sizes, colors, ethnicity, and cultures around the world. Yet, type 1 people suffer greatly, because all the media focus is on type 2.

There are times when I personally believe that the very “perception” of a said disability, IS a disability on to itself. The idea that a person can feel it’s appropriate to pre-judge other people’s capability, and even qualification  based on what they “think” they know about said condition, is part of what’s crippling us as a society in my humble opinion. The worse part, is when some of these same persons try and take their “perceptions”, and convert them to self-made facts that are insubstantial.

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Sugar Shock” — India is facing a type-2 diabetes pandemic, while in Africa many countries struggle to keep their type-1 sufferers supplied with insulin. I find this interesting, as most American doctors don’t believe that blacks can get type 1. So what can be done to head-off the diabetes crisis? This broadcast aired on, or about 12.01.2010.


This is a very important video. It helps to dispel many assumptions people have about diabetes. Please tell your non-diabetic friends to watch this video!!

Also watch author Betty Brackenridge talk more about diabetes myths and lies!! click here..




Since Jack Lalanne introduced to the world, his first “Power Juicer”, it seemed as though almost every health nut jumped on to the juicing bandwagon. Mr. Lalanne has lived up to the ripe old age of 96. There is no question, that Jack had definitely reeked the full benefits of his invention. The sales of his “Power juicer” sky rocketed, & literally thousands of new juicer models popped up in the market. However, juicing is nothing new. The practice of extracting juices from fruit has been used in ancient medicine for thousands of years. Now that we are in the age of television and media, it has become a huge phenomenon.

Choosing a juicer can be just as aggravating as choosing a good doctor, or trying to buy a specific cold medicine. Please be forewarned, although there are undoubtedly many benifets to juicing, there is also a lot of cleaning involved; and depending on how well your particular juicer is designed, it can even be more work. Sometimes the work of cleaning can even discourage one from juicing on a daily basis, to be quite honest.

Although there are several different kinds of juicers, we basically have two main types of juicers. A standard juicer that does primarily fruits and vegetables. Then there’s another kind of special juicer called “Wheat-grass Juicer” that juices plants, grass, and leafy vegetables such as collard greens. It is important NOT to confuse a “food processor” with a “juicer”. Food processors CHOPS/and or GRINDS your vegetables and meats, while a juicer actually LIQUIFIES your veggies and fruit.

As a diabetic, if your gonna start juicing, we need to make informed choices about the kinds of raw we juice. Many people make the mistake of only focusing on the vitamins, minerals & protein; however, fruits and vegetables also have calories, and they also can contain a lot of carbs. For instance, I love avocados, they are rich with good fats, vitamin E, and anti-oxidents, and LOW in carbs; however, avocados are also HIGH in calories. Another example is bananas, they have potassium & iron; however, despite they are LOW in calorie, it is HIGH in carbs! Keep in mind that when your juicing, you are often consuming anywhere from double to triple times the amount of fruit. I encourage my visitors to go to websites such as CalorieKing, they have nutritional information for almost every popular raw fruit & vegetable. Choosing the right kind of fruit and vegetable should be tailored to YOUR specific medical and nutritional needs!! Don’t choose based on what a friend or stranger tells you. Discuss this with your doctor, or dietitian. Some people may actually need a higher calorie fruit, to gain the benefits of what a particular fruit/veg has to offer, etc.

Another thing that diabetics should keep in mind is that, most of the fiber will be in the pulp. Why this is important? because if your not on insulin, many diabeic people rely on the fiber to help with slower break down of sugar, in order to prevent sudden spikes in glucose levels. So in other words, although you are consuming valuable nutrients, you also maybe dumping too much glucose in to your system.

It is my opinion that when someone decides to juice, it may be a good idea to do it just before an exercise. This way you can use the excess glucose from the fruit to burn calories, and lower your glucose levels all at the same time. Whatever juices that may be leftover, you can use it to correct a low if you should get one after your exercise routine.

Try your best to mix fruit with vegetables, so that you can get even more benefits, and possibly lower your sugar intake as well. Green vegetables can be very bitter and bland; you can try to mix sweet fruits such as ripe oranges and apples to lessen the bitterness/earthy taste. Carrots have a very sweet taste when you juice them, and low in carbs. They taste great together with oranges, or by themselves. If you ever had carrot juice before, I guarantee, you will never go back to store bought carrot juice, once you’ve drank a freshly juiced carrot.

The above picture shows a  delicious Strawberry and pear juice i’ve made. Strawberries are great for good heart health; pears are great for helping to boost our immune systems. Juicing will not be for everybody, however, if you hate taking those vitamin horse pills :-) , or tired of drinking processed fruit drinks that contain almost no nutritional value, then juicing can be a good alternative.

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