Featured Interview


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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What is Diabetes?

Regardless of what type of diabetes you have, it boils down to the inability to process glucose properly. Either you don’t produce any insulin to assist glucose into your body’s cells; or you are insulin resistant, which basically means your body has become stubborn and will not accept any instruction from insulin. What is insulin? Insulin is one of the many vital hormones, that the pancreas produces to help keep glucose levels safe, and assist in feeding your cells glucose, such as muscle tissue and the brain.

A percentage of fats and proteins are converted in to glucose. However, carbohydrates is what effects our glucose levels the most. Our bodies take longer to break down fats and proteins in to glucose, but carbohydrates are processed rather quickly. I should also explain that their are two different types of carbohydrates, called simple and complex. Simple carbs are normally found in natural foods like fruit (processes quickly). Complex carbs, are normally found in processed foods like rice, pasta, and some vegetables such as potatoes (takes longer to break down).

With the exception of “FREE” foods, such as leafy foods like lettuce, greens, etc., virtually EVERY food has carbohydrates in them. Glucose powers our bodies and give it life, as well as give cells the energy it needs to build, heal, reproduce, fight infection, and all other overall functions. So you see, carbohydrates are not a bad thing, however, consuming it in excess is!!

The Key is quality foods. Since virtually everything has carbohydrates in them, it is important to make better food choices. It’s not enough to only eat low carbs. If what your eating has no nutritional benefits, then eating low carb (in my opinion) is in vain.

Fifty+ years ago, there was only one type of diabetes. Today, as we learn more about the disease, scientist realize that categories needed to be made to understand more about diabetes.

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TYPE 1:

This type of diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. This means that for whatever reason (not yet known), the bodies defense mechanisms, in essence attacks the beta cells of the pancreas, that produces insulin. The beta cells cells continues to be attacked until all beta cells are destroyed. Without these vital beta cells, insulin cannot be produced, therefore, glucose cannot be control, and in essence in a matter of a week can be life threatening.

It’s important to understand that in the case of people with type 1 diabetes, there is no cure, no amount of fruits, vegetables, herbs, vitamins, or minerals will “cure” type 1 diabetes.  Type 1, is NOT caused by poor diet, however, eating healthier and exercise clearly is the key for a longer life as a type 1 person. All type one’s will eventually become insulin dependent, and must inject a minimum of 3x a day, or before every meal to survive.

It was thought at one time that, only extremely young Caucasian children get type 1 diabetes. We now know that type 1 can occur in ANY age, and ANY race. There are many tests one can use to find out if you have type 1, however, the unfortunate reality is, most type 1 people find out when they are in the emergency room, with life threatening DKA. Doctors must do a better job in screening for type 1.

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TYPE 1.5:

Also known as LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults), basically in my opinion, it’s the same thing as type 1, the only difference is that it is diagnosed much later in life. Also many LADA patients posses both characteristics of both type 1 ( no insulin production), and type 2 (insulin resistance). Because LADA happens much later in life, doctors often mistaken this as type 2.

Personally, on an emotional level, this effected me a lot because, I first thought it was because I was a bad diabetic, but in reality, it wasn’t my fault. I needed insulin. Sometimes it just takes work trying to understand, and finding a good doctor to overcome many of the challenges of diabetes.

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TYPE 2:

This is the most common type around the world. Statistics show that more people of color (this includes Latino, Asians, Indian, African, etc.,) are effected with type 2 that any other group.  Type 2 are what is called insulin resistant. Insulin resistance is really one of the body’s many “defense mechanisms”. When the body becomes insulin resistant, it is protecting itself from drowning in glucose, or glucose overload. Therefore the receptors no longer respond to insulin.

Without exercise and good diet, this condition becomes worse, ultimately resulting in dangerously high levels of glucose and eventually ketones. Type 2 people who are not injecting insulin must work much harder to control their blood sugars. Exercise is the key! When you walk, run, play, etc., this forces your muscles to become more insulin sensitive, or become more hungry for glucose. This will not only help the body control glucose levels, but prevent cells in your body from becoming starved for glucose.

This type of diabetes can be controlled without daily injections (for most people). However, their are times when diet and exercise is not enough, and you must take meds. This does NOT in anyway mean that you’ve failed, it just mean that you must take a different path, when current regimens are not working.

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TYPE GESTATIONAL:

Gestational diabetes occurs in women during or just after pregnancy. For some women gestational diabetes is only temporary, and goes away after giving birth. This would be understandable, as all kinds of hormones are ranging in a pregnant woman’s body. However, for some other women, it comes back later on in their lives as type 2.

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TYPE 3:

In essence, these are people who care for friends and loved one’s with diabetes. In my opinion, in many cases I called the the diabetes police!! I’m not sure if this needed a category, however, I guess it is necessary to acknowledge the emotional and psychological stress, that many of these people go through in caring and watching  loved ones with diabetes.


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