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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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Cinnamon is used for a variety of things, including (but not limited to), candies, tea, lacquers, breads, oatmeal, and puddings. In terms of medicine, cinnamon has been used to help fight certain forms of cancer, such as lymphoma. It is also said that a spoon of cinnamon every morning can help ease arthritis. For decades herbalists, and doctors of natural healing, have been recommending cinnamon to Type 2 diabetics for the control blood sugars. Lots of diabetics make many claims of stable sugars as a result of the power of cinnamon, however, does this really work? Personally speaking, I’ve tried using cinnamon a few times without medication, it did not make any significant differences in my blood sugar levels. I took ruffly 800 – 1000 mg (which I estimate to be about 2 table spoons full) daily, with about a half hour of walking, my glucose levels would only go down about 10-20 ml/dl in a 2 hour period.

I still think that cinnamon is a good daily supplement, if used along with something else, such as chromium picolinate (which also helps your body to become more insulin sensitive). Always use chromium picolinate, because your body can break it down a lot easier than regular chromium. A multivitamin is good as well, it will most likely contain chromium picolinate anyway. .

If you choose to make cinnamon a part of your daily supplement, be aware that you don’t have to spend a bunch of money. In fact, the same cinnamon you’d find in your local supermarket, is the SAME cinnamon you’d find in more expensive health stores such as GNC.  The only difference is that, the health stores sells them in capsule form. Why pay more? The only exception is if you purchase a multi-herbal complex that contains other herbs in it, such as Nature’s Way’s Blood Sugar, which includes several more herbs like bilberry root, which helps with eye health; and fenugreek, which is used as a detox, and immune booster.

Along with exercise, you should start seeing results. As always, consult your physician to make sure cinnamon, and or any other multi-complex your thinking of taking on a daily basis, is safe to use with your current medications. Monitor your blood sugars more closely, until you know how these herbs/vitamins effect your blood sugars.

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