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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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I’m sorry to say that I am very disappointed with Bayer’s A1CNow home testing kit. A1CNow home testing kit allows you to test your hemoglobin A1C, in the comforts of your abode, in about 5 minutes. Unfortunately, this product only worked correctly for me upon the purchase of my first kit! I’ve purchased 3 units, got 1 free (via coupon) for a total of 4 units.  I tried very hard to give Bayer the benefit of the doubt, however, 3 bad units out of 4 is way too much. Please note, I am not saying that Bayer is a bad company, but this particular product “A1CNow” by them doesn’t consistently do it’s job.

What seems to be the problem? Well, on all 3 failures, it appears to be a problem with temperature. Once I inserted the special cartridge in to the unit, I would get a error code “OR 6″ which according to their manual, it means that the temperature is out of range. I called Bayer explained the problem, and it seemed like she did not want to do anything for me. I reminded her I cannot return the unit to the pharmacy “opened and used”. She then gave me a coupon for a free unit, and instructed me to dispose of the defective unit.

Well, unfortunately, when I got the 3rd unit, the same thing happened again. I later on tried one more time, this time I refrigerated my box until I was ready to use. Once again, I got the same error “OR 6″ code. Could this be a known issue? Should Bayer recommend that pharmacy’s refrigerate these units? Or have they manufactured bad batches?

So far, I have not used other A1C home testing units yet, however, I’m looking forward to doing so. I think these kind of home testing are great for those who have no insurance. Please note, I am not saying an A1C test can take the place of a doctor, because as a diabetic, you MUST have your liver and kidneys checked, especially if your taking certain medications such as Metformin.  Home hemoglobin A1C tests can help you gauge how well your doing with your overall diabetes treatment.

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