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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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Last month, in the Diabetes Forecast Magazine, was an interesting article on Gary Forbes. Gary talks to the ADA (American Diabetes Association) about living his life as an NBA star, and living with type1 diabetes. According to the article, he was diagnosed @ age 19 while in college, and like so many other diabetics, he tried to keep it somewhat a secret. Gary said that:

I just didn’t want to look at it as a sickness. I live a healthy lifestyle, and if you see me, no one would know I have diabetes.

Forbes also explained that his father has diabetes for over 20 years as well, and has learned much on how to live with diabetes through him. Gary has played basketball all over the world with type 1 diabetes, and says that in 2008 when he did not make the NBA in 2008, he stayed confident and focused on his new growing pains as a newly up and coming type 1 NBA player. Gary does not shy from his diabetes anymore; the article explains that he now sees it as part of his everyday life. After seven years with diabetes, Gary now feels like he has everything under control.

I’ve always been really good at managing how my blood sugars are, especially before games because I have to go out there and play to the best of my abilities.

The ADA has stated, once Gary shared to the world that he has diabetes, he could not stop. He is a constant motivator and inspiration to all that are struggling and dealing with diabetes. Gary encourage diabetic education. As I’ve always said, diabetic awareness is not stagnant, it is consistently changing, it never stays in one place, just like technology, we are always learning and discovering.

Gary checks his blood sugar 6-8 times a day, even more during game or practice. He even gives a quick outline of his daily regimen. If you can get your hands on last months magazine I think you’ll like the article. I am so happy that more and more people of color in the public eye (African American’s, Latinos, Blatinos in particular), are finally talking openly about diabetes. I think the stigma of diabetes unfortunately still continues to overwhelm many of us, and I don’t think people understand the heavy burden that some diabetics have. Unless we seek support from other diabetics, we will continue to suffer.

I think What Gary is doing serves four very important purposes:

  • Yes, people of color can and do get type 1.
  • No, type 1 is not only for infants anymore, and you don’t grow out of it.
  • Diabetes doesn’t stop you from doing what you want to do in life.
  • Diabetes can happen to anybody, it’s what you DO after you learn your diabetic is the key.


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