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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’m starting to believe that retina detachment and a blown eye vessel, is a more common diabetic eye complication. However, in my case, I had, I guess I’m gonna call it “accelerated cataracts”. There reason I would call it accelerated cataracts, is because cataracts usually naturally form as a result of getting old, or being elderly. Although, to my understanding, cataracts can happen at any age, diabetic or not.

Cataracts is in essence developed/created as a result of fluids in the eyes. Our eyes naturally produce fluids, and then drains on it’s own. However, when there are high levels of sugar, or any hormonal changes occur for long periods of time; I guess the easiest way to explain this, is that fluids never really drain from the eyes as it should and the excesss proteins in the eyes stains our natural lens (born with), hence forming a cataract. The cataract is the white film you see out of your eye. Which are in essence, like permanent protein stains on your eye lens. Kinda like how stains get on a T-shirt, old glass, or a badly focused camera lens.

There are some herbal remedies that are believed to prevent the progression of cataracts (such as dilberry root, I think). However, once you develop cataracts, the longer you wait, the worse it will get. There is no other way to remove cataracts other than surgery.

They use ultra sound to break up your natural lens, remove them, and insert implants. These are very common surgeries and are performed all the time. In most cases it is performed in less than 1-2 hours. If you have cataracts in both eyes like I did, they will not do both eyes at the same time. Both proceedures are usually two weeks apart.