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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 X-Ray

I thought that maybe it would be a good idea, to once again, go over the importance of all diabetics taking good care of our feet.

Last week I accidentally injured my foot, by stepping on a piece of broken glass (unnoticed), just after getting out the shower. The broken glass came from a picture frame that fell about a week prior. I pulled out the one piece (so I thought) that caused my injury. However, I still felt pain a few minutes after I tried to walk. Obviously, I knew that there was a more than likely chance, that some glass I could not see remained in my foot. Once I realize that their might be still a problem, I found a podiatrist as quickly as  I could.

Long story short, the doctor pulled out about 3 additional, very tiny, and very thin pieces of that same broken glass. The doctor also was kind enough to give me a copy of my X-Rays shown above. He explained to me that today, many manufactures produce glass with only 1 layer, instead of 2. The problem with this is that, because the particular class I injured myself with only had one layer, it did not show up on any of my X-Rays. So, fortunately for me, the tiny pieces of glass was close enough to my foot’s surfice/skin, that he could manually get them all out.

The good part of this whole experience is that, because my sugars are in good control, my foot is healing well (slow, but well). Also, the injection the doctor used to numb my foot, hurt sooooo much like a #@%$#^%$, that I know I don’t have any signs of neuropathy :-) . Taking care of our blood sugars is such a key part to hour diabetic health.  Had I ignored my injury, and ignored my blood sugars, this could have turned in to a very nasty infection.

So what’s the moral of the story? No matter how well we think we are careful, sometimes s**t still happens anyway, and it is always good to have a game plan in place, and not procrastinate, or assume anything. Below are some tips:

  • Have your doctor check your feet at least twice a year or more.
  • If you cannot bend to inspect your foot, ask a friend or family member to help you.
  • Large and uncontrolled callus, as well as excessively long toe nails can also cause yourself possible injury.
  • It’s a good idea to let your foot doctor shave your callus (if any), instead of your pedicurist. Your doctor can often see things your pedicurist will not.
  • Calluses that are thicker and larger than normal, or ofter callus that forms a crater in the middle of itself, could indicate an old injury, and you may still have a foreign object under that callus. You must see a doctor at this point (just to verify).
  • Keeping your feet well moisturized, can help reduce the a mount of callus.
  • Epsom salt is a great and cheap alternative to relaxing your feet muscles. Ask your doctor if Epsom salt is right for you.
  • Always were soft and comfortable shoes and sneakers whenever possible.
  • Purchase footwear that have good arch support.
  • Be extremely careful wearing open-toe slippers out in the street & subways. Your toes are now exposed with  no protection.
  • Keep toe nails to a reasonable length.
  • It is safer to allow a doctor to work with ingrown toe nails. If not treated correctly can result in infection.
  • Keep in mind that, our feet are the one part of our bodies that get the most abused. pamper your feet whenever possible.

As with any doctor, you should always ask your podiatrist any questions you need answered, no matter how embarrassing it may seem. Your feet is one of the most important parts of our bodies, especially to a diabetic.

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