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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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Loretta Taylor and her mom is the focus of Diabetes Forecast’s August edition.  Loretta’s story is unfortunately all too common. What happens when your school fails to provide good diabetes care for your child? What kind of major challenges exist for young children of type 1? I often wonder, How much worse is it, if your young child happens to be of color with type 1, and majority still stereotype all African Americans as only being able to get type 2? How frightening that must be for most young children, yet there are some parents who actually  tell their diabetic children NOT to tell anybody in school. Are you Kidding me? How many school teachers still think that an hypoglycemic episode is just a way of getting out of class, or to play sick?

The article talks about Loretta’s frustrations with her disease, how angry she was, and how powerless she felt at times. Also the stress that her mom has had trying to understand her daughter’s diabetes better, and trying to manage her time in order to keep a stable job as a result of her daughters diabetes.

Lack of proper diabetes care continued in Loretta’s school. Eventually Loretta’s mom had to seek legal help from the ADA’s legal department. Loretta did manage to get into another school, however, she had to deal with many of the same issues that existed in the prior school.

Eventually Loretta’s mom and the American Diabetes Association along with ULS, filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s office for Civil Rights. Loretta’s is not alone, and stories like Loretta’s are rarely heard or published. Hopefully enough people like Loretta, will continue to come out and share their story, to change people’s attitudes about diabetes. This is a very moving article, I recommend you guys get a hold of August edition of Diabetes Forecast.

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Makes 4 Servings

2 cups of milk
2 cups of fresh strawberries
2 teaspoons of Arrow Root
4 eggs yokes (optional)
3/4 cup of Splenda (or to taste)
Round Estimated Nutrition Information Per Serving:
112 Calories / or 168 with egg
4g Fat / or 7 with egg
2g Sat fat / or 3 > with egg
4.5g Protein / or 10 with egg
17.5 Cholesterol / or 47.5 with egg
13g Carbs


Wash Fresh Strawberries, remove all stems. Cut each strawberry in half, and through in a pot. Pour about a 1-1/2 cup of Soy or Lactaid milk with the strawberries. Keep the other 1/2 cup milk to the side. Put the pot on low flame. As the milk starts to simmer, once the strawberries become soft, puree the strawberries. Once you’ve finished pureeing the strawberries, remove from flame.

Blend the remaining 1/2 cup milk with  3/4 cup of splenda (or to taste), 2 teaspoons of Arrow root, or guar gum, or unflavored gelatin will work well (you will get better results by using a hand-blender).  We use egg yokes to give the ice cream it’s custard texture. If you prefer not to use eggs, you can use about a cup of soy creamer to help give it a smoother texture.

Once at least 4-5 minutes have past, gently pour in the egg mixture in the pot along with the strawberry/milk batter while stirring constantly (do this OFF flame; this will prevent your eggs becoming fried or scrambled). To be on the safe side, use a stainless steel strainer, to make sure there are no leftover strawberry stems, or egg clumps. Once you have poured all the egg mixture in the pot, wait about 10 extra minutes and then put in your icebox for about 2 hours. Once the 2 hours have passed, you are now ready to pour your mixture into your ice cream maker.

Please note, for this recipe, it is best to make fresh, and eat immediately. Do not put any leftovers in freezer if possible. The reason is because although splenda is “like” real sugar, it does not posses the same properties as “real” sugar, that would normally prevent your ice cream from becoming rock solid when frozen. If we were to use real sugar in my recipe, you’d be taking on 100+ calories and almost 50 extra carbs.


This weeks episode is a discussion on a short film called “Living With Diabetes”. The film was produced in Great Britain, in 1959 and it gives you a greater understanding of what a diabetic’s life was like, and still like today in many respects. It is the only video I have watched so far, that puts somewhat a human side to diabetes (rather than just food and numbers).

The film breaks down diabetes in the most simplest of terms. It also serves as a history lesson for what it was like managing diabetes more than a half a century ago. Yet how grateful so many diabetics were at that time that “insulin” was discovered, and diabetes was no longer a death sentence.

After you’ve finish watching the film, stay tuned, because I have made some additional comments about the film, and some of my deeper thoughts on diabetes and it’s management.

Hey guys, class is in session once again :-) . Whether you are a seasoned diabetic, or newly diagnosed, knowing what foods to eat can be a bit madding at times. However, most of the same healthy foods that non-diabetics can eat, are likely to be also ok for a diabetic, so long it is carb, fats, and caloric friendly. In this video, I discuss what are calories, and why it is important. I also talk about why it’s important to not only focus on calories alone. Hopefully after watching this video, you’ll be more aware of the possiblities of malnurishing yourself. I think it’s a very important video to watch. It’s another one of those many things are not often discussed in the doctors office.