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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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My apologies, it is obvious that I am extremely late with this piece of news :-), but I thought it is still worth while writing about it. Shawty Lo is a fairly well known rapper, some of his work includes “Dey Know (remix ft. Lil Wayne)”, & a song called “Dunn Dunn”. Some time during 2007-8, rumors surfaced the rapper had HIV/AIDS, when in fact he had diabetes.

I could not rap my head around the idea, that this kind of rumor would receive such media attention. My first thought was, this rumor had to have been started by a rival rapper. That I am aware of, no woman has came forward, claiming he infected anybody? The only thing I can think of, that would make someone think such stupidity, has to be the fact that we diabetics often use the bathroom a lot, or maybe the rapid weight loss. Of course the uninformed, gossiper, trouble maker, etc., is ready to go and spit venom for no apparent reason.

In the beginning, I was ready to just write it off as “the price of fame”. However, I’ve realized, this kind of maliciousness goes on in our everyday lives. The problem with rumors though, it’s hard to shake it off once one has been started. Even worse, when a rumor is partly true, then that truth is manipulated.

After he cleared up the outlandish accusations of HIV infection, and confirmed to everyone that he does in deed have diabetes, he has been very active in all sorts of diabetes causes. This includes not only participating, but fund raising for the American Diabetes “Step Out And Walk” campaign (every year to my understanding).

I am so happy that more celebrities, and men and women in the public eye, are sharing about a disease that is so personal. Then again, maybe Shawty Lo was forced to come out with diabetes? Maybe he would have never said anything had that nasty rumor ever manifested? Who knows?

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