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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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Diabetic Starvation


I’ve read many articles on diabetes, but there is one subject that seems to be seriously overlooked; and that is….. diabetics who are starving themselves, because they think its the only way, to control sugar AND loose weight (without medication). Too many diabetics are also not talking to their doctors about this major problem; a lot of people are too embarrassed to tell their doctor that they are hungry, in addition to some diabetics seeing this as a possible sign of failure, weakness, and or not having will power. Diabetes is more complicated than people realize. It is extremely important that you stay in constant communication with your doctor. I understand that their are many people who prefer to do it naturally. However, for some of us, sometimes for what ever reason our bodies will not cooperate. Some diabetics (type 2 in particular) have no other choice but to be put on medications.

Another element that adds more difficulty, is the assumed or misinformation about carbohydrates. In the fitness world or the world of gym bunnies, there are some diets that promote high consumption of carbohydrates; but to a diabetic can be extremely dangerous in terms of long term. Many assume that carbohydrates are bad for you, then try to cut it out of their diet completely. This is not a good plan of action and can often prove dangerous for some diabetics; since carbs are literally our life force.  Paring up with a good endocrinologist is key. Endocrinologist, are not just people who talk to you about diet, they ARE DOCTORS and  most specialize in this area of diabetes and metabolism. Remember, just like computers, research and the study of diabetes, are always changing.

ALL DIABETICS NEED TO KNOW that carbohydrates is one of the main and vital sources for the body’s energy and fuel. Over 90% of what we consume has some form of carbohydrates, and that includes meats, rice, veggies, even some of the so called “sugar free” products (but that’s another subject by itself). The main thing to focus on is your quality of carbs you consume. You also need to know that, if you deprive yourself of all carbs (which is just about everything, short of leafy vegetables), your not only run the risk of making your body grow hungry; your depriving the body of its prime source of energy, depriving it of being able to defend itself against outside forces, such as bacteria, germs, infection, the ability to regenerate cells, to heal itself, as well as possible organ damage (long-term), these are just a few… The key thing to remember as a diabetic, your sugar cannot be consistently high OR consistently low, for a prolonged period of time. It is the consistency that causes the diabetic complications. This is when your blood glucose meter comes in, so you can monitor your blood and know where your heading, allows you to know how particular foods effect your blood glucose, and the opportunity to change your A1C to healthier numbers.

Carbohydrates are good for us in moderation. There are 2 main things to consider, in terms of carbohydrates (aka sugar) that is, natural sugars and processed sugars. Natural sugars are fruits, honey, etc., (some fruits have more sugars than others), and the process sugars are cakes, chocolates, taffys, pies, breads, etc,. You would want to go after the natural sugars, not just because of more vitamins and minerals, but because your body can break them down much better. You may be treating your tongue to a great tasting ‘devil’s chocolate cake”, but you are definitely not doing good by the rest of your body, when it is consumed in excess. On the other hand, it’s about better food choices, not starving your body either. Do not allow your tongue’s taste buds, override your need for nutrition.

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