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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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Epidemic or misclassification?

“In 1990, when the data from the first type 1 diabetes registry cohort in Philadelphia were collected, there were 155 registries in 70 countries. Of those registries, 12 were in the U.S. Currently, Philadelphia is one of only four U.S. ongoing population-based registries, and the data from Philadelphia remain integral in the identification of racial differences and temporal trends. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in children in Philadelphia was stable between the first and second cohorts but has increased from 1990–1994 to 1995–1999. The incidence in Hispanic children, who in Philadelphia are almost exclusively of Puerto Rican origin, remain the highest of any racial group of children 0–14 years of age in the U.S. Other registries have demonstrated a high incidence in Puerto Rican children. The etiology of this high incidence remains unclear, and the genetic and environmental factors need further exploration. The incidence of type 1 diabetes in Hispanic children of Puerto Rican origin is high both in Puerto Rico and in the U.S., unlike reports of other populations demonstrating significant changes in incidence rates after migration”.

The above quote came from the American Diabetes Association “Diabetes Care” research site. After reading the above text, do you still think that only Caucasians get type 1? Of course, type 1 people are not exclusively philadelphians. However, it does show the gross neglect in the research of type 1 people of color. Much of this has to do with the outrageous misconceptions of black people and how all of us live. How many Afro-Americans/people of color, most likely have died from DKA, because of automatic assumptions of what kind of diabetes we have, AND even assumptions of how we take care of ourselves based on the color of our skin? This has turned in to another form of discrimination folks, and what’s worse, we also do it to ourselves.

The other issue I’d like to bring to your attention, is the issue of LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults). I suspect that a good percentage of patients, classified as type 2 who are now insulin depended, maybe actually type 1.5 or LADA. This is a very important subject to look in to, because, many diabetic Afro-Americans/poeple of color, still possessed the mentality, “If I have to take insulin, then I did not take good care of myself, and I probably deserved it”. When in actuality, they may have had a form of type 1 and their doctors were not savvy enough to recognize it. I’ve talked to a LOT of type 2 people who’s doctors had to reclassify them as LADA. The reason why this is so important, if a person thought to be type 2 is beating themselves up, about having to take insulin for the rest of their life, it may not have been their fault anyway; you would eventually have had to take insulin anyway, regardless. I am very anxious to see more findings on this subject mater from the ADA.

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