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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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This is a very useful chart I have found to help determine insulin stability. Even with good insurance, insulin can be costly. This chart can help you maximize your insulin life, as well as keeping yourself out of danger, from raising blood sugars as a result of using inactive insulin. The chart is extremely useful during Summer Season, when your using insulin pens or a pump.

It’s extremely important NOT to allow your insulin to freeze, because it will most likely clump together; at that point, your insulin is pretty much destroyed and is not safe for use. Designate a special place in your fridge for your insulin (preferably the bottom, or far away from the freezer compartment). I recommend that you use freezer bags, to protect your insulin from food spillage. If you use insulin vials, and you are on both basal and bolus insulin; because sometimes bottles look the same, mark them with a colored marker so you don’t make any mistakes (trust me they can happen).

If your vacationing away during very hot climates, I recommend an electric mini insulin fridge such as Medi-Fridge, they are small and easy to plug up in any hotel room. It is also great if your staying with friends, and don’t want to put your insulin in someone else’s refrigerator. Insulin mini fridges will always keep your insulin at the lowest/safest temperature without freezing them. Most will cool up to three pens, or up to about 6 vials at a time.

If your planning to hang out with friends for a long period of time, I suggest you use Insul Pak – Insulin Bag. It comes with a special icepack that stays cool for at least 12-18 hours (realistically in hot weather).

Remember that for most insulin(s), once you open a fresh new insulin vial/pen, and once your opened insulin has been exposed to room temperature, you should not use basal insulin for longer than 45 days, and bolus insulin for longer than 28 days. This is recommended by most insulin brands. Hope this has been helpful…