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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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Here is a simple generic chart that shows the estimated rate, that glucose is broken down by the body. I think that this chart can help insulin dependent diabetics, make better and wiser decisions when dosing/bolusing for a meal. It’s important to understand 3 important factors – Onsets; Peaks, & Duration.  Onset is the moment your blood sugar starts to rise. Peak is when your body has reached it’s highest glucose level (for a particular meal), usually about 1 – 1.5 hours after the first bite of a meal.  Duration means how long it takes for your blood sugar to get back to normal range (or in the case of insulin, how long a dose is active in your body). These same 3 factors are used for understanding how insulin injections work.

I think that it’s important to note that, although a percentage of proteins and fats get converted in to glucose, I recommend that when your on Multiple Daily Injections, your insulin dosage should always be based on the carb amounts. You must leave some room to avoid lows. You also need to make allowances for any planned physical activities, that would require more glucose. Using the carb method has always been the preferred by doctors and CDEs. However, having an insulin pump, can give you a little more flexibility.

Fiber is a little unpredictable, because depending on what you eat, some fibers may have a faster, or slower rate of digestion, which adds to the mix of proteins & fats slow brake down.

It is my hope that this chart can illustrate the need to still have portion control, regardless of what we eat. For example, some foods such as fresh pizza usually has a lot of fat and protein content. The problem is, the sizes are usually huge, and (as a whole) we often consume more than 1 slice; sometimes even more than two :-). For many of us diabetics, this can cause our blood sugars to stay elevated, especially if we are not physically active throughout the day.

Keep in mind that when food manufactures cut 1 thing out of a particular food, they often compensate with (higher) of something else. For example, you may find a food that is low in fat, but high in sodium; low in carbs, but high in calories; etc, etc. This includes the so called “healthier foods”. Same is true for ingredients. It really boils down to trying to keep the taste buds satisfied.

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