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.
You can purchase Richard's book by clicking on the graphic of his book below.
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- Diabetes Continues Its Relentless Rise April 13, 2017
- Type 1 vs Type 2 Diabetes (Similarities and Differences) April 10, 2017
- Type 1 Diabetes Quiz: Test Your Medical IQ April 10, 2017
- What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain? March 27, 2017
- Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds March 24, 2017
- A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes March 22, 2017
- Diabetic Diet March 22, 2017
- Type 2 Diabetes March 21, 2017
- Intensive Treatment Shows Potential Against Type 2 Diabetes March 16, 2017
- Is Annual Eye Exam a Must for People With Type 1 Diabetes? April 20, 2017
- Peripheral Vision Varies From Person to Person April 14, 2017
- Scleritis April 7, 2017
- Dry Eyes April 7, 2017
- Brain 'Rewires' to Work Around Early-Life Blindness March 23, 2017
- For Seniors, Treatment for One Eye Disease May Cause Another March 17, 2017
- Stem Cells Hold Promise, Peril in Treating Seniors' Eye Disease March 16, 2017
- Health Tip: Don't Contaminate Contact Lenses March 15, 2017
- Is a Sty Contagious? March 9, 2017
- Scientists Shed Light on Possible Cause of Nearsightedness February 22, 2017
- Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers April 18, 2017
- Race May Play Role in Obese Teens' Blood Pressure April 10, 2017
- High Blood Pressure Drugs (Hypertension) March 15, 2017
- Americans With High Blood Pressure Still Eating Too Much Salt March 9, 2017
- Many People Don't Take Their High Blood Pressure Meds: Study March 7, 2017
- felodipine (Plendil) March 2, 2017
- Cutting Salt a Health Boost for Kidney Patients February 17, 2017
- Too Many Americans Have High Blood Pressure, Doctors Warn February 8, 2017
- clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS) January 30, 2017
- Hispanics, Blacks Less Likely to Get High Blood Pressure Treatment: Study January 18, 2017
ABOUT THIS BLOG
This is my contribution to the diabetic community. I’ve decided to create this blog as a result of my own personal battles with diabetes. My goal is to give online support & encouragement via; blogging, podcasting, guest audio interviews, and connecting with blog members. This site is all about sharing information to those in need, and hopefully visitors can be inspired to share experiences about their diabetes with others. My blog is for both newly diagnosed, and veteran diabetics who are in need of quick news, new information, links, resources, additional self-improvement ideas in the area of diabetes and OR all other related health/conditions. I am constantly researching and sharing subject matters that are important to us as diabetics.
Taking care of diabetes can be very tedious, and in many cases overwhelming for even the most experienced. There are literally millions of websites that posses diabetic information out there. My hope is that my blog/podcast can ease some of the anxiety, that sometimes comes along with having diabetes. I’ve designed this site to be simple, organized, and easy to use. I also hope to encourage more dialogs between you and your doctor; by offering links, and or information from resources that can inspire new discussions with your doctor, or Certified Diabetes Educator.
Thankfully, there are many different paths one can take in order to control diabetes, no one way will be the same for everyone. However, its also just as important to know you have options. I cannot stress enough about the importance of doctor/CDE connection (especially if you take multiple medications/or special conditions). Make no mistake, diabetes is an extremely dangerous and potentially life treating, if necessary lifestyle changes are not taken seriously.
I am not a doctor or nurse. However, I’ve lived with diabetes practically all my life, and now I am insulin dependent. I’ve experienced my first major complication more than in 2005. I developed severe cataracts at the age of 38. Unfortunately, my diabetes was not detected until many years later, after the damage has been done (despite the fact that doctors knew it runs in my family).
Thankfully I have successfully overcame that major complication in 2006, and now I am ready to spread positivity and support to anyone who’s struggling with the disease. I spent a number of years reading, participating in workshops, support groups, and learning all that I can about the disease.
Any ideas expressed through my blog posts, podcasts, vlogs, web interviews, my guests, “The Diabetic Minute” or “Honoring Ourselves” segment, are purely my own/guests personal experiences! All other thoughts expressed through my visitors, or external links, are not necessarily the same views of DiabeticRadio or my guests. All ideas expressed here are meant to spark questions and conversation with YOUR own doctor!! Every diabetic has his/her own set of individual and unique circumstances. Diabetic knowledge is consistently evolving. My goal is to also help keep that communication flow with your diabetic care team.
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