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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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Griswold, Conn. —

Nick Emard, 17, used to bring in the back of the pack on the Griswold High School track team.

He was short, stocky and not very fast. But he liked running, so he kept at it. He met James Strmiska, 16, his sophomore year. In Little League, coaches used to have to stop Strmiska from sprinting past his teammates when running the bases. The two trained together with the cross country team, running nearly every day, until they became Griswold’s top runners.

Emard won the three-mile Windham Invite in September. Strmiska set a personal record in the mile of 4.34 minutes.Both athletes have type 1 diabetes, and are insulin-dependent. “They’re both unbelievable kids,” said Glenn LaBossiere, athletic director at Griswold High School. “They’re good students, the teachers all like them. They represent the school very well. They’re just kids you can count on.” Track and cross country coach Mike Flynn said Emard’s improvement is among the most remarkable he’s ever seen.“He just kept showing up, even in the snow,” he said. “You never know with new runners if they’re going to stick with it … but he just kept coming every day and he kept getting better and better.” He said both students are open to coaching and have excellent work ethics.“James is a kid who came out his freshman year of outdoor track, and the talent was there right off the bat,” Flynn said.

Both teens were diagnosed with diabetes at routine physicals without any symptoms. Type 1 diabetes disease occurs when the body doesn’t make enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. “They borrow each other’s (glucose) meter,” said Antoinette Strmiska, James’ mother. “When Nick was having a lot of trouble with his glucose level, James would say, ‘Here, borrow my meter,’ or, ‘You need to have a snack.’ They’d look out for each other.” Strmiska, of Canterbury, has an older brother who was diagnosed with diabetes at age 5. James Strmiska used to help his older brother, his mother said. James Strmiska played basketball in middle school and said he started track because of the disease.

“It definitely takes my mind off it, and it helps with the blood sugar,” he said. Strmiska also likes to eat — hamburgers, apples and spaghetti — and exercise helps lower the blood sugar. Emard is the second of three boys. He moved to Griswold about seven years ago from Indiana, ran in middle school, and played a year of high school soccer before trying winter track. “I like the team aspect of cross country, that you compete as the team,” he said. “But it’s also individual, because you run for yourself and your own times. I think it’s kind of relaxing, too. Because you just put your problems behind you and run.” The boys ran together all summer, and ran near the front of the pack during the Windham Invite. Strmiska’s mother was cheering in the crowd when Emard finished first.

“We were so excited, we were screaming at the top of our lungs when he came around the corner,” Antoinette Strmiska said. Both said they’d like to keep running in college. Strmiska said he might become an athletic trainer or a doctor someday. Emard’s thought about physical therapy. “I think Nick will run in college wherever he goes, and I think throughout his college running he will just get better,” Flynn said. “James has all the talent in the world. He can be as good as he wants to be.”

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