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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 absolutely can’t believe how unbelievably difficult it is to find news, on African Americans effected by Type 1 diabetes. It is fruitless for us to stay so secretive about our disease!! There is absolutely nothing wrong with us!! There’s nothing wrong with ANY type of diabetes for that matter.

I think unfortunately, this adds so much to the constant stigma that only very old, and extremely overweight people of color get type 2’s, and that type 1 is exclusively a Caucasian child’s disease. Diabetes was not the same 50 years ago, we know so much more now about this disease. I challenge health care professional to come out of the dark ages, and read current (accredited) books on diabetes. I challenge you to listen to your patients, there’s lots to be learned from a patients experiences with the drugs YOU give them. Because we diabetics need you to be up to date, we need you to listen.

A perfect example, is this very young woman (pictured above), who happens to be black, happens to have a little weight, and who happens to HAVE type 1 diabetes. She is trying a new experimental drug called DIAMYD. The drug works to preserve the any remaining islet cells left, that hasn’t been destroyed by her own antibodies. This looks exciting and promising. Check out the video here. Although this drug looks promising, The video left me with some unanswered questions:

  • What are the long term effects of taking this drug?
  • Are there any age limits or minimums?
  • If this drug is used to prevent type 1, does this mean it needs to be taken for life?
  • Can this drug possibly inhibit important antibodies from doing their jobs?
  • What’s the likelihood of other drug interactions?
  • Socially speaking, with the vast majority of diabetics that are stigmatized, How long will it take for the rest of the medical community @ large to learn about this new potential drug?
  • Is there a gauge that doctors can use, to determine if the patient still may, or may not need insulin?

I’m not really a fan of taking pills any kind, other than vitamins and herbs. However, if this drug proves to be safe, I’m all for it! If this drug is successful, it will hopefully, and probably cause the cost of insulin to plummet; which in tern will benefit those diabetics who still need to take insulin.

Reference:

Diamyd, Pop City, Medical News Today

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