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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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Fiber is extremely important because it helps to create bulk in the lower intestines. Together with a generous daily intake of water, fiber can assist with healthy bowl movements, in order to safely get waste out of your body. In terms of fiber, water is key, because not only does water keep your body hydrated, it can also prevent constipation.  Fiber exist in just about all fruits and vegetables. You can also purchase fiber in the form of capsule or powder/liquid brands such as Benefiber.

How does fiber effect diabetics?? Well, I guess this is one of those things that’s a matter of opinion and personal experience. Speaking for myself, fiber should only be used for the expressed purpose of promoting healthy digestion. However, many dietitians and CDE’s recommend high fiber diets to diabetics because it often prevents sudden spikes in blood sugar. Although this is true, on the other hand, it can be a nightmare for some of us who take insulin.

Though nutrients extracted from fiber are digested more slowly, keep in mind your blood sugars are still rising throughout the day regardless. This means if you are a type 2 diabetic, and control your sugars by way of diet and exercise, you need to test your blood sugar more than once a day. It is the only way you will learn how certain foods effect YOUR particular body. The American Diabetes Association recommends that, your blood sugar should be in the range of 160 180 mg/dl two hours after food consumption. Blood sugar levels that are consistently higher for longer than a two hour period, can not only effect your A1C levels, but risk the start of long term diabetic complications.

In the long run, foods with high fiber, proteins, & fats, can make tight glucose control difficult for anyone that is insulin dependent UNLESS you are on a insulin pump. Newer insulin pumps have the capability of spreading out a bolus insulin dose, to compensate for the still rising blood sugar as a result of high fiber, proteins, and fats consumed. If your on Multiple Daily Injections (MDI) talk to your doctor about adding a few additional dosage of basal insulin; it may help prevent from giving yourself extra bolus shots.

Ultimately, this is clearly an individual decision, and I believe it’s important for all diabetics to have flexibility. Foods effect everyone differently, and understanding how fiber can change your blood sugar levels, is a huge advantage to controlling our diabetes.

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