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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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Diabetes Forecast

The Diabetes Forecast magazine, has written a wonderful article about understanding the new “Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults” (LADA), also known as Type 1.5 (personally I rather refer to this is LADA, type 1.5 makes me feel like I have a computer software in my body, and 1.5 is the upgrade version). Some people feel that it should be simply called type 1.

Do you get the feeling that we are starting to see too many labels for diabetes? Does these new categories help us, or drive more debate amongst the medical profession, and the general community at large? At present, there is so much lack of awareness about diabetes, from complications to actually learning how to take care of yourself as a diabetic.

I am really concerned that these labels will indirectly cause many more diabetics to hide their condition. As I try to educate myself more and more about diabetes and its complexity, the more I realize how so many of us are still in the dark. The average person has never even heard of LADA before.

This for me brings up an interesting subject. In doing my own personal research about LADA, I’ve found that most people who have LADA were misdiagnosed as type 2.  This is because most often LADA has both characteristics of  type 1 & 2.

Now, it has become general knowledge that type 1 are supposed to make up 10% of  all diabetics. However, with all the combined misdiagnosis of many patients supposed to be type 2, I think in actuality the percentage of type 1’s are significantly higher.

This strikes a personal cord with me. Because, the reality is………. You hear about all the diabetics that have died from complications, however, how many of those actually died from misdiagnosis? How many of those patients that died, should have been on insulin from the beginning? How many diabetics assumed that they were failures because they could not get their sugar down, when they should have been on insulin from the get go? What are doctors using to test for diabetes? Or are they base their diagnosis on the way a patient looks?

Visit the American Diabetes Association website and read their article on LADA, it is extremely interesting.

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