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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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A chronic disease such as diabetes has MANY symptoms, and unfortunately I’ve encountered physicians that have tunnel vision. In other words, a doctor prescribes you a pill based on the specific problem you say you are having, yet so many of these same doctors don’t ask if the patient has any other symptoms, that could give a clue as to one disease. It is also true that, many patients may not mention any other problems they are having, because they may not realize one has to do with the other.

I can’t stress enough, the patient/doctor communication factor. Your ability to effectively express how you feel, give the doctor a clue as to what may be wrong with you. Do not leave any details out, no matter how small you think it is. It is important to remember that in this day and age, doctors can see upwards of 400+ patients in a day, not including paperwork; there is very little time to hold any patient’s hand. Playing an integral role in your own diabetes care is key to a long complication free life.

The best way to manage the small amount of time you have with your doctor, is to purchase a small note pad, and write down any questions that you have for your doctor, along with your blood sugar history. Discuss these questions and concerns with your doctor, and write down his answers if it helps you to remember.

Many of us have more than one doctor or specialist. Do everything in your power to let each and every one of your doctors know all your current medications (even vitamins). Informing your doctors of any herbal substances, vitamins, medications, and sometimes even the kinds of fruits and vegetables you consume, may help avoid drug interactions (even some herbal teas has medicinal effects).

Ask your doctor for any resources he/she may posses, such as dietitians, support groups, Certified Diabetes Educators, and or even mental health. It is a documented fact that a measurable percentage of diabetics are more likely to experience depression. Seeing a therapist does NOT mean there’s something wrong with you mentally, its just another extension of the healing process. Depression and diabetes is a horrible mix, especially for those of us who are emotional eaters. Because of high food intake, stress hormones, and depression meds, can make it nearly impossible for any emotional eater to control their blood sugars. It is my belief that you absolutely cannot truly take care of your diabetes, without addressing emotional and psychological challenges. Otherwise, your life will be like a ping-pong ball.

Explore areas that alter your state of mind. Some examples of these are music, dance, board games, good friends, walking, sight seeing, aromatherapy, yoga, drawing, etc., etc. All of the above mentioned, are great tools that help to facilitate the manifestation of positive energy. Diabetes is a chronic and life long disease. Yet our condition does not inhibit us from doing anything we’d like to do. Let us live life as normal as we possibly can, and learn as much as we possibly can about diabetes. No information is too much information.

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