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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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This is a heart wrenching story about diabetes, in Congo, inside Africa. Dr. Clerck narrates the beginning part of this documentary. Dr. Clerk came to Congo as a nun, nurse, and a midwife. She first came to Congo in 1955, at a time were there were no doctors, and only the nurses were repsonsible for the patients medical care. It was then decided that she would get a degree to become a doctor, and return to Congo and help the sick. When Dr. Clerck eventually came back, she found herself working with patients with diabetes.

One family talks about the difficulties having a daughter with type 1, and have no job to help with medical expenses. The father expresses the fact that because there is so much corruption (in terms of politics/foreign businesses and policies) the people of Congo continue to stay poor without work. In Congo, it is explained that they have to pay for public elementary school (which is part of the corruption); coupled with not being able to get a job, puts an even bigger strain on diabetes care.

What broke my heart, was the last story in the documentary. A young 24 year old man named Kombi Guy. He has had diabetes since he was 20 years old. He had all the classic signs of diabetes ie, thirst, constant bathroom visits etc., yet he did not know he had diabetes. He explains that no blood test were done until so many compliations has passed. Kombi eventually had to drop out of school, because the complications of diabetes got too overwhelming (as thee was no good education of diabetes, and barely enough money for food and insulin). His diabetes was so out of control, that he almost permanently lost his sight, and had to get an amputation of one of his big toe. Kombi says, his mother died from diabetes.

I will continue to say this until I am blue in the face.  We must earnestly seek information about diabetes, beyond what we see on local television. Diabetes is not, and has never been, solely a “fat American disease”.



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