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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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Hey guys,

Throughout each month, I receive all kinds of up-to-date diabetic news from various sources; including but not limited to, the diabetic community, health E-zines, health magazines, diabetes magazines, etc, etc. The latest buzz in the diabetes world, is the new and long awaited device called iBGStar. iBGStar is a small new device (now approved for the U.S.) that connects directly to your iTouch or iPhone and tracks your blood sugar history! That’s right folks! Unfortunately, because I don’t own an itouch or iphone I can’t give you a review. However, from what I’ve read, it really looks pretty cool.

The unit is developed by a company called Sanofi Diabetes, who also makes Lantus and Apidra. iBGStar requires absolutely no coding, the test strips are average priced, and asks for only 0.5 microliter sample of blood (about the same size that FreeStyle meter asks for). It stores about 300 blood results on the unit itself, and stores additional glucose data on your iPhone. It works with the iBGStar iphone application that needs to be downloaded and installed on your iPhone. The application cane be found in the itunes store of course. The software also allows you to create and view various charts to see your overall diabetes management. It’s also a great way to show your doctor, or health care team “on the fly” how your blood sugars are doing.

Have you ever had to deal with a doctor that loves to nitpick? You know, those doctors who only focus on the one or two high’s in your blood sugar log? I don’t know about you, but if my doctor ever complained about a really high blood sugar, 9 times out of ten, I’m not gonna remember why it happened. Well, another good feature on their iPhone app (which is slowly becoming standard) is that it allows you to attach “reasons” or default “tags for your blood sugars. These “tags” allow you to put a reason as to why your blood sugar was high AT A PARTICULAR MOMENT IN TIME. Example, if one moment your blood sugar was high, you can select “forgot insulin”, or “heavy workout”. Or maybe your sugars were high for almost a week? Then you can select “sick” or “health” indicating during that time you were not well, there for you had elevated blood sugar.

Just a personal note concerning this kind of strict diabetes management. If you choose to tightly manage your glucose control using the chart method, I implore you to not only learn, but make a habit of frequently backing-up your glucose data from your iPhone to your computer, by exporting your data files. From experience, even with my ipod I’ve had to restore it a couple of times. It’s just a fact of computer life that when you use a device that requires software in order to function, once in a blue moon, you may be faced with having to restore, or reset that unit, if this happens, all you data will be lost if your not backing up. However, if you just want to use this unit to simply get a reading, you don’t need to back-up, in fact, you don’t even need your iPhone, it will work standalone. I am so exited that there are many products coming out that will make diabetes sooo much easier. For more information about the iBGStar monitor click here

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