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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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Join us in NYC for “The Tour de Cure” event on June 3, 2012.  Thousands of bicyclists are expected to participate. Help the ADA raise money for diabetes while there is still time. If you would like to put together a team, join and existing team, or register as an individual, please click here and complete the required forms. Or if you’d like to search and find out an upcoming Tour De Cure in YOUR city Please click here. Don’t have a bike? The ADA has set up a way for you to rent a bike on the day of the tour. Please note, for safety reasons, iPods, or headphones will NOT be allowed. Helmets are MANDATORY. No helmet, no ride. And of course, remember to always have water, glucometer, and extra glucose tabs if your on insulin. Doesn’t matter what type of diabetes you have, all are welcomed to help raise money.  The minimum required donation for each team or individual is $200. If you don’t know how to ride a bike, but would like to participate, help volunteer with us by call the American Diabetes Association and ask for Betsy Stoller 212 725 4925 ext 315. It would be nice to see some of my blog members there.



Date: Sunday June 3, 2012

Location: Pier 94 (W54th Street and 12th Avenue)

Time: 6 a.m.- 3p.m.


“Today, you may ride your bike for fun, for work, or for a work out. But have you considered riding your bike for good? You and your bike can help change the future of diabetes. Your fundraising efforts help support the American Diabetes Association fund critical and community-based outreach”.

“Ride a few miles, or a hundred. Come solo or be a part of a team. Whether you are an experienced cyclist or a recreational rider, Tour de Cure offers a route for you. Come for the ride and stay for the celebration At tour de Cure you’ll make friends. You’ll make memories. And most importantly, you’ll make a difference”.



I am really starting to like Dr. Edelman. He is right-on on so many issues. He addresses some of the many things I’ve discussed on my blog about vitamins. Why are we spending so much money for vitamins? He also pointed out what I’ve been saying for years; that is, vitamins and minerals are not regulated by the FDA or any other governing body, so you never know what your really getting. I’d do like to comment on what he said about vitamins flushing out through our urine right away. This depends on whether or not the vitamin is water soluble or not. If the vitamin is FAT soluble, such as vitamin A, E, and K goes in to our fat cells before it hits our blood stream. Also fat soluble vitamins gets stored in the liver for emergencies. We don’t need a whole lot of fat soluble vitamins, they can become toxic if you take too much. Another point is, as much as many “RAW” food eater’s like to argue that “if you cook your vegetables you’ll loose all your vitamins”; this is 99% not the case, if the vitamins in it are fat soluble, the are retained in the vegetable. However, WATER soluble vitamins such as C, and B complexes flows right out of our urine quickly.

I have a friend right now that spends half his income on these vitamins and minerals, with the “belief” he’ll some day get rid of his diabetes and a few other ailments (at the cost of financial hardship to himself). Not to mention that my friend is putting himself at greater risk of herb to herb, and herb to drug interactions everyday. As I’ve said, we seriously need to re-evaluate what “natural” means. Don’t get me wrong, I am not in any way anti-vitamin, I just want people to open their eyes and not grab the first bottle they see because someone says get it, or because of the products “claims”, or key words that probably made you want to buy it in the first place. There is no magic potion, cures, or easy fixes for diabetes.


This video is my contribution to the “You Can Do This Project” @ youcandothisproject.com; which is a site were all diabetics come together to share their positive experiences, challenges, and while learn from each other. Many diabetics has contributed powerful and useful information. I am so happy that so many diabetics, bloggers, vloggers are putting so much in to the D.O.C. we need all the positive help we can get.


The legendary Donna Summer, the one and only queen of disco has dead this morning. Summers was battling cancer for quite some time, and tried to keep it from the public as best she could, said by close friends speaking to reporters. Donna Summer was one of the biggest stars of the 1970’s. Donna was kinda like a mellow Madonna back in the day, in that, she used her sexual energy to pump hits such as “Love To Love You Baby“, and “Try Me, I Know We Can Make it” and still kept her live performances classy. However, in my opinion, She didn’t really earn title of Disco Queen until the movie called “Thank God It’s Friday“. She had a VERY small part in “Thank God It’s Friday”, however, on its soundtrack, she sang a song called “Last Dancewhich has become not only a club/disco anthem, but has continued to be one of her biggest hits of all time. Her musical hits also include She Works Hard For The Money“, “Heaven Knowsand a duet with Barbra Steisand called “Enough Is Enough” which was another HUGE hit in the 80’s. Donna has had many, many more hits, and she was a very talented artist that will be truly missed by millions. Rest in peace Donna. R.I.P.




OverDrive is a free software application that allows you to download and read purchased/or temporarily borrow copy protected digital content. It is compatible with many book formats, such as Kindle, EPUB, and even PDF formats. You also have the ability to download audio books (usually in WMA or mp3 format). OverDrive is available for PC, MAC, Kindle, iPod, Blackberry, Windows Mobile ®, and Android, just to name a few.

I chose to write about OverDrive this week because those of us who have been diabetic for a long time, know it did not take us very long to discover how financially challenging diabetes can be, and how our financial situations can impact the kinds of resources that are available to us. Well, in terms of continued diabetic learning, I think that OverDrive can be a solution to many of us po folk :-) .

Why OverDrive? Many city/state libraries all over the world use OverDrive technology, which means you can download and read any available digital book for absolutely free! It works exactly the same way as if you were physically borrowing a book. All you need is the same library card you use to borrow physical books, to borrow digital books online. Simply download the OverDrive app for your PC or phone, install app, then visit your state’s library’s website using PC or phone, log in using your library card, and start searching for books to check out, download and read.  Each city and state borrowing guidelines will be different. In NYC you can borrow online protected book content (audios and video may vary) for 7, 14, 21 days. After this period the book/audio will automatically expire. Because of licensing, libraries can only lend x amount of copies of digital books per user, per state. This means that if their are only 50 digital copies available (in your state) for a particular book your interested in, and if it’s not available at the time, you’ll be put on the waiting list until the next “borrower’s license” expires (just like physical books). The only difference is that you don’t have to physically return the book, it will automatically return itself, and no late fees.

I also wanted to draw your attention to the obvious lack of availability for “real” diabetic books in the library’s digital collection. No wonder so many know so very little about this devastating disease.  Diabetics, non-diabetics, doctors, and other health care professionals need to take an invested interest, in terms of pushing the publishers to give more current books on diabetes to the libraries!

Note that you don’t have to only search for diabetes, there are other health books that can benefit just about any diabetic. In this day-and-age, there really is no excuse for anyone anymore. Today we have books about diabetes in just about every single popular language we can think of, and that includes Spanish.


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Hey guys,

Throughout each month, I receive all kinds of up-to-date diabetic news from various sources; including but not limited to, the diabetic community, health E-zines, health magazines, diabetes magazines, etc, etc. The latest buzz in the diabetes world, is the new and long awaited device called iBGStar. iBGStar is a small new device (now approved for the U.S.) that connects directly to your iTouch or iPhone and tracks your blood sugar history! That’s right folks! Unfortunately, because I don’t own an itouch or iphone I can’t give you a review. However, from what I’ve read, it really looks pretty cool.

The unit is developed by a company called Sanofi Diabetes, who also makes Lantus and Apidra. iBGStar requires absolutely no coding, the test strips are average priced, and asks for only 0.5 microliter sample of blood (about the same size that FreeStyle meter asks for). It stores about 300 blood results on the unit itself, and stores additional glucose data on your iPhone. It works with the iBGStar iphone application that needs to be downloaded and installed on your iPhone. The application cane be found in the itunes store of course. The software also allows you to create and view various charts to see your overall diabetes management. It’s also a great way to show your doctor, or health care team “on the fly” how your blood sugars are doing.

Have you ever had to deal with a doctor that loves to nitpick? You know, those doctors who only focus on the one or two high’s in your blood sugar log? I don’t know about you, but if my doctor ever complained about a really high blood sugar, 9 times out of ten, I’m not gonna remember why it happened. Well, another good feature on their iPhone app (which is slowly becoming standard) is that it allows you to attach “reasons” or default “tags for your blood sugars. These “tags” allow you to put a reason as to why your blood sugar was high AT A PARTICULAR MOMENT IN TIME. Example, if one moment your blood sugar was high, you can select “forgot insulin”, or “heavy workout”. Or maybe your sugars were high for almost a week? Then you can select “sick” or “health” indicating during that time you were not well, there for you had elevated blood sugar.

Just a personal note concerning this kind of strict diabetes management. If you choose to tightly manage your glucose control using the chart method, I implore you to not only learn, but make a habit of frequently backing-up your glucose data from your iPhone to your computer, by exporting your data files. From experience, even with my ipod I’ve had to restore it a couple of times. It’s just a fact of computer life that when you use a device that requires software in order to function, once in a blue moon, you may be faced with having to restore, or reset that unit, if this happens, all you data will be lost if your not backing up. However, if you just want to use this unit to simply get a reading, you don’t need to back-up, in fact, you don’t even need your iPhone, it will work standalone. I am so exited that there are many products coming out that will make diabetes sooo much easier. For more information about the iBGStar monitor click here

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