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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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Stunningly beautiful, plus sized model (for Plus Size Magazine) Mia Amber Davis, Died around Tuesday of last week (May 10, 2011) . Mrs. Davis had been suffering from a long time pain resulting from an old childhood leg injury. She finally decided to have a routine procedure done on that leg; and within 24 hours, she felt sick and dizzy. By the time Mia was rushed back to the hospital, there was nothing that could be done. She was pronounced dead shortly after. From what I understand, the autopsy still has not been completed; however, the coroner said it looks like she died from a blood clot; which more than likely, was a complication that developed shortly after the surgery.

Most people may remember Mia, when she played the character “Rhonda”, in Road Trip (2000). She started off her career as an intern in the entertainment industry, then worked her way up to production assistant for shows such as, “the Ricky Lake Show”, “Show Time At The Apollo”.  Later in her career, Mia became a plus sized model. Her modeling resume includes Ashley Stewart, Curvation (Queen Latifah’s), and Lane Bryant.  She later on became creative editor “At Large” for Plus Model Magazine.

Although I could not find any evidence that she was a diabetic, I decided to still write about her anyway, because she was the embodiment of positivity, passion,  self-confidence, and truly was comfortable in her own skin as a full figured/plus sized woman. In my opinion, she was truly a role model, for the many diabetics (and otherwise), that struggle every day with body image and self-esteem, and who are consistantly verbally beaten over the head about weight. Mia has proven that not only can you be successful while being “overweight”, but also weight can no longer be used as an excuse to not get what you want.

I stumbled upon an interview on CNN, hosted by Cambell Brown, and posted on Youtube. It aired 2009, and it was Mia and Mimi Roth, who is supposed to be this “Obesity Expert” (it appears to me that everyone is a self-proclaimed “expert” these days). The topic was “Are Overweight People Being Used As A Scapegoat”?  The CDC put out a report that states that our country has spent 147 billion dollars on “obesity related illnesses”. This was kinda an interesting interview, although I thought Mimi Roth was being a total b***h. Mrs. Roth, almost throughout the entire interview, pulled out and quoted all these statistics, totally ignoring the genetic factor to both diabetes, obesity, and many other disease made to be our fault. This is clearly why, if your not a doctor, you should not get up on TV talking about health, especially about diseases you don’t have first hand experience. In my opinion, often too many times statistics are missed used. Yes, government is paying a lot for obesity related conditions/illnesses. However, we are also paying billions of dollars out our own pockets for gimmicky weight loss products, fake nutritional supplements, over priced “organic foods”, and some that are in such desperation, risk  their lives for dangerous procedures (that may or may not work) such as bariatric surgery. 

So, money just isn’t coming out of the governments pockets, or the insurance companies pockets, it’s also coming out of our pockets. This notion that all people are fat because we wanna be fat & lazy is absolutely retarded, discriminatory, and obsured. Oh yeah, and the same food that fat people are eating, skinny people are eating too. It’s a two way street… Hellloooo??

Statistics/numbers/percentages can be used to sway people in any direction. The problem with statistics is that, they often don’t tell the full dept of a story. Just because you know a numerical value, doesn’t necessarily mean that you understand the facts behind those statistics..

I think Mia explained her position very well, and she spoke from the heart without the loss of composure. Mia has also done a lot of work, promoting positive images of full figured women through out her career. She will be missed by many. R.I.P.

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