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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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There are many different types of needles on the market. I am surprised to find out that many diabetics, are not aware of the variety of needles we have today. Unfortunately, this is one of those things we as diabetics have to do our own research, because not even doctors can keep up sometimes. Searching for the best needles to use can make a huge difference. Today, needles are being made so small, they are almost painless. There’s a wealth of manufactures that make all kinds of needles, for both syringe and insulin pens. Needles exist for every kind of body type; from the very thin, to the very heavyset. Newer needles also come with special lubricants that make injections much smoother and easier.  The way a needle’s tips are cut has also changed slightly over the years,  as well as the various gauges (girth) have become thinner than ever, making delivering insulin a piece of cake. Lengths for syringes are generally from 8mm to 12mm, gauges usually range from 29 to 31. Insulin pen needles/for both disposable and refills, now starts from 4mm to 12mm, and gauges from 29 to 32. The lower the gauge number, the thicker/fatter the needle becomes; the higher the gauge number, the thinner the needle becomes.

For those diabetics who are really squeamish about even the mere sight of a needle; there exist devices that can be used with syringes, and or pens, that actually assists the patient/diabetic in injecting their medication. A good example is called “Needle Aid” sold on a website called “The Insulin Case Shop”. They are a pretty decent website. The don’t have a huge selection of products, but I have purchased from them before.

If your insurance will not pay for an insulin pump, and your on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections), another possible option to look into is something called “I-port” from  Patton Medical Devices. It is an attachment warn under the skin for about 3 days, and you can inject multiple times a day, up to 3 days with one insertion. Most insurances will cover it.

BD Pen NeedlesI’ve recently switched to the brand new “Nano Pen Needles” made by BD.They are only 4mm in length, and 32 gauge in circumference. For now, these are the smallest pen needles in the world. I like them very much. In my opinion, the smaller the needle the better. With the Nano Pen Needles, pinching the skin is not required, although some areas such as my front legs still needs to be pinched, just because I find that it hurts less, or sometimes not at all. Its probably due to the fact that there is a lot of muscle tissue in that area. Nano’s are great for injecting in back of the arms, and or the sides of your legs when wanting to be discreet.

The only down side to the Nano needles (actually any extremely thin needle), is that they can easily bend. This can turn in to a safety issue for some people. I really don’t recommend diabetics or patients who are heavy handed to use these types of needles. It is possible to bend these needles while in the skin. You must be careful and handle these types of needles with care. The other downside is that, it’s not a good idea to try to inject through thick and heavy corduroys or jeans (such as ruff denim, or equivalent). The reason is because, the needles are already small, and you run the risk of not having the needle go into the subcutaneous tissue far enough. Another reason is that because these particular needles are so thin, you don’t want to risk damaging the tip; this can in tern cause possible injury when injecting.

It is a wonderful thing to have choices, especially in terms of diabetes. Some diabetics that are experiencing pain issues when injecting, don’t even know they have other options, neither are their doctors offering this information to them. Knowledge is power, don’t sit around waiting for your doctor to tell you, because he/she may or may not know either.

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One Response to Which Needles Are Best For You??

  • A diagram of injection sites were published on this site in 2010 by Jogirajj. I would like permission to use this diagram to teach patients how to rotate their injection sites. Please respond to the email provided above.

    Thank you so much,
    Tonya Patterson, MSN, RN

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