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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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Loretta Taylor and her mom is the focus of Diabetes Forecast’s August edition.  Loretta’s story is unfortunately all too common. What happens when your school fails to provide good diabetes care for your child? What kind of major challenges exist for young children of type 1? I often wonder, How much worse is it, if your young child happens to be of color with type 1, and majority still stereotype all African Americans as only being able to get type 2? How frightening that must be for most young children, yet there are some parents who actually  tell their diabetic children NOT to tell anybody in school. Are you Kidding me? How many school teachers still think that an hypoglycemic episode is just a way of getting out of class, or to play sick?

The article talks about Loretta’s frustrations with her disease, how angry she was, and how powerless she felt at times. Also the stress that her mom has had trying to understand her daughter’s diabetes better, and trying to manage her time in order to keep a stable job as a result of her daughters diabetes.

Lack of proper diabetes care continued in Loretta’s school. Eventually Loretta’s mom had to seek legal help from the ADA’s legal department. Loretta did manage to get into another school, however, she had to deal with many of the same issues that existed in the prior school.

Eventually Loretta’s mom and the American Diabetes Association along with ULS, filed an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s office for Civil Rights. Loretta’s is not alone, and stories like Loretta’s are rarely heard or published. Hopefully enough people like Loretta, will continue to come out and share their story, to change people’s attitudes about diabetes. This is a very moving article, I recommend you guys get a hold of August edition of Diabetes Forecast.

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