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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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preventing-the-flu-623x289-2This is the time of year were diabetics need to be most careful (older – elderly diabetics in particular). A diabetic having a cold or flu can become be very dangerous for many diabetics. Unfortunately, cold’s and flu’s are so common that we don’t often think it as possibly being dangerous; but it can. High blood sugars and flu, bronchitis,cold, rising sugars, etc, are not good combinations at all. As I’ve said on numerous occasions, there exist many things that can cause your blood sugars to rise.  The one things we americans often overlook is stress, and having a major cold and flu is a form of stress to the body. It is important that diabetics have a game plan ready should we get sick, because high blood sugars can not only prolong sickness, it can actually make it exponentially worse.

For people who are insulin dependent (regardless if your type 1 or 2), Speaking for myself, when I have a major flu, or worse (something like pneumonia), my internal blood sugar sensors are always out of whack! In other words, depending on the severity of the flu & combined symptoms such as headaches, stuffy nose and sinus, etc, my body can no longer sense when my blood sugars are high or low, which I think is the most dangerous part of being sick. For this reason, at least ONE person in your immediate surroundings should know your diabetic (just an opinion, I know this is a touchy with some diabetics), or at least bear minimum wear a medic ID under your shirt. It is EXTREMELY important that you do not waver in terms of testing your blood sugar while your sick.

3.25flu-1As always, make sure your drinking PLENTY of hot fluids, it is one of the best ways to chase the cold away. However, there are a few important things i’d like to remind my readers about concerning liquids. I think it’s safe to say that, it is common knowledge that chicken soup appears to be most effective in helping to get rid of colds. But many soups (especially the good tasting soups unfortunately), does usually contain heavy sodium content. If you consume too much sodium while your ill, this too can make your situation worse; the reason being is the sodium will raise your blood pressure, and if you also have high sugars, it can turn small headaches in to an unmeasurable & madding migraine.

If you have a sore throat, the cough drops (yes even most “sugar-free” drops) contain sugar. Although they may contain low amounts of carbs, the carbs can easily add up in an hour or two, thus monitoring your blood sugars are essential. Also, keep in mind that many of these “sugar-free” cough suppressants can contain sorbitol, which will keep you running to the bathroom for hours. It may be best to just stay away from “sugar-free” drops, and just use the regular one (of course unless your doctor says otherwise).

It is recommended that we get flu shots every year, although sometimes I still get colds, they generally aren’t as bad when I get the shot. Talk to your doctor about a sick game plan tailored to your lifestyle and individual circumstance. It really helps when you are prepared.

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