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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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:-) This women is preaching!! Dr. Phyllisa Deroze, founder of BlackDiabeticinfo.com has also done an amazing video geared toward people of color. I can sooo relate to this video because many of those same things were also said to me. In the African American and Latino communities we are in desperate need of both real, and reliable diabetic education. For the life of me, I can’t figure out were our people are getting half their information from? We talk too much and read too little. The time starts yesterday for people of color to get on the diabetic bandwagon. Thank you tremendously Dr. Phyllisa Deroze for making this video, and being one of the few African American medical professionals (correction: although your PhD is in literature, both your videos and interviews are making a huge impact within the medical community, and people living with diabetes; so indirectly we are on some level connected to the medical community. We are the advocates that speak from experience and try to show the positive side of diabetes, which the medical community lacks. I feel we cannot be true diabetic advocates without at some point, having the subject of medical/medicine, health, nutrition, etc, arise), dedicated to educating people of color. Hopefully, it will open more of my blog members eyes!!

Awesome advice Ginger!! You always give great videos. I wish more of us would come out and talk about diabetes.

The above video illustrates the extreme lack of diabetic awareness in the medical community. Very rare do you hear another doctor address any issues with the medical clinics and hospitals, not only lack of diabetic knowledge, but poor medical procedures for diabetics going in to surgery.

Another great video from Dr. Edelman; he confirms what I’ve been saying throughout my blog, that in essence “moderation is the key”. Don’t take your freedom away to live your life, by listening to people who don’t have diabetes. So long as you test on a regular basis, and you work to have a better understanding of the impact of fats, carbs, sugars, protein, fiber, as well as other nutrients (rather then forbidding yourself to have particular foods), you can successfully live a healthy diabetic life.


Continuing with my series Diabetes 101, I talk about balancing blood sugars, carbs, insulin; and understanding the GI and the GL methods.

Our relationship with food is crucial when it comes to living a healthy diabetic life. Yet there’s still so much confusion surrounding what’s healthy. Like diabetes itself, food in relationship to our diabetes is a complex one. There is no such thing as a “perfect diabetic diet”, but there is a such thing as eating better. I give my thoughts on food, and give personal examples of how I deal with the daily challenges of food, in real world.

For some reason, lately I’ve been seeing a lot of articles about coffee possibly assisting in the prevention of type 2 diabetes? These articles can be very confusing at times. Many of these articles seems to only go one way or another. Many studies seem to point coffee in a favorable position, while others do not. However, as I dig further, the problem doesn’t appear to be in the coffee bean, but the caffeine within the coffee itself. Yet, I think that it’s accurate to say that, this is one of those things when “it depends on individual experience”.

I’d just like to take a quick minute to talk about my personal experience with coffee, without all the tons of research jargon. Before you continue to read, remember to consider that everyone’s body will be different, and the effects may not be the same.

I’ve done a little test a while back. I fasted one morning, consuming one cup of coffee and checked my blood sugar every hour for four hours. My blood sugars did not spike, in fact it almost was not effected at all. However, The next time I drank coffee in the morning, it would be with my usual breakfast, not only did I notice a significant spike in my blood sugars, I had to use more insulin to cover those sugars. My sugars also stayed higher longer than usual. I found out later that this was due to the caffeine in the coffee.

From what I understand, caffeine does mainly two things to a diabetic. One, it hinders your insulin’s ability to do it’s job. Two, it also triggers a release of other hormones that causes the liver to release more glucose than usual. Interesting in my case it did not do that, however, I definitely felt the difference when I drank it along with food.

I also have IBS (controlled). If I consume large amount of coffee (more than about 1 cup (8 ounces)) I’ve noticed that caffeine sometimes aggravates and causes terrible muscle spasms, and cramps in my stomach due to the IBS. By nature I don’t normally drink coffee, but when I do, it’s usually when I know I’ll be home for the day. However, some claim that coffee can assist in healthy bowl movements. Personally, I find this debatable; it’s like saying a lactose intolerant person who drinks a ton of whole milk get a healthy bowl movement, just because he or she got one. If You have IBS talk to your doctor, or nutritionist about caffeine.

What many people may not be aware of, is that caffeine is also an accelerant~stimulant, and may not be good for people with existing heart disease or high blood pressure. Too much caffeine can cause dangerous palpitations for people with existing heart conditions. It can have the same dangerous effects as an herb called Ma-huang if taken in large quantities.

Now it appears that almost every soft drink (and sometimes nutritional supplements) on the market contain caffeine in them. America literally runs on caffeine. How ironic that although coffee in large consumptions can be bad for us, it is another families livelihood.

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