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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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I’ll try to put this in layman’s terms; a percentage of fats, proteins and carbohydrates gets broken down into glucose (carbohydrate are the bulk of incoming sugars). In terms of diabetes, when we talk about sugar/carbohydrates, it is common that most people would think of candy and sweets. However, in actuality the same carbs that’s in candy, are also in apples, carrots, pasta, rice, etc. Sugar exist in almost every single thing we consume each day, it is impossible to avoid.


This nutrition label is based on two large oranges, taken from Calorie King's website. As you can see, these oranges has more sugar than one pack of plain old fashioned Twinkies (which is about 24-30 carbs) We need to focus on quality carbohydrates. calorieking.com

Although not the sole cause, but a huge contributor of type 2 diabetes, are what I call “empty sugars”. Empty sugars to me are basically foods that contain sugars with no nutritional value. Two average sized oranges can actually contain more sugar than a 1 pack of 2 traditional Twinkies cakes, yet, oranges are enriched with immune boosting vitamin C. Sugars aren’t the “bad” stuff. Sugars are really what the body uses to sustain life!! But if you consistently consume empty carbs, such as things that have processed sugars (ie, cakes, microwavables, canned foods), your not giving your body the nutrition it needs to rebuild itself. Glucose is the energy your body needs to live, but overall good nutrition are the building blocks of life. Without decent nutrition, your body cannot regenerate cells to heal wounds, fight bacteria, metabolize sugar properly, or keep vital organs functional.

Your liver shares the responsibility of regulating blood sugar, and in essence, produces the glucose your body needs to survive. During the digestion process, the liver also stores about 8-12 hours worth of glucose to be used as reserves. Before Glucose is stored in the liver, it is converted into glycogen. Throughout the day, your liver breaks down that reserved glycogen back in to glucose, and delivers small amounts of now sugar in to the blood stream. This keeps your body functional.

Sensing the presence of  glucose, the pancreas’s beta cells release insulin to help glucose enter your body’s millions of cells for energy. As a result of these processes, both the liver and the pancreas together help regulate your blood sugars and keep them at safe levels.

The pancreas and liver are extremely important, because it protects your body from accumulating high sugar levels in the body. If high glucose levels occur, the body will try to use expel this excess sugar by way of urination (which is the reason for the heavy thirst). Over time if not corrected, will start to damage vital organs, such as kidneys and heart, as well as a host of other complications.

Every single body movement, heartbeat, exercise, and even mental thoughts, require glucose to function normally. The brain uses a large portion of daily glucose, because it is the central processing unit. This is one of the reasons why, if your glucose levels are too low, confusion often sets in. Your brain absolutely cannot perform with low glucose. Your brain would be literally in competition with the rest of your body for glucose.

References: EHow,

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