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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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23 Responses to SHARE YOUR MIND

  • ccr_737 says:

    I thank the Lord to lead me to places like to to help my with my diabetes! I also have seen what would happen to people that stop taking there medication and passed away soon after that. We must figure our selves out and seek the right answers. Never take advise from someone that’s not a diabetic. Also those who are diabetics that are not following doctors orders and going by there own opinion and had bad eating habits. Ive run into those people on a daily bases . I think its hard for people to let go of the food that comforts them! I know because it was hard for me.

  • ccr_737 says:

    Ive had diabetes for over 3 years. I haven’t even come close to getting all the information i need. There so much more for me to learn. I’m one that doesn’t mind asking for help which is a great blessing to me.

  • Yogirajj says:

    Honestly, I think one of the many big problems we have is; society conveniently overlooks the fact that, the food industries (restaurants included) has helped to created a culture to whereby “your getting more for your buck” kinda deal, and therefore we tend to eat more; everybody is eating unhealthy. In the name of “good business practices”, food companies has produced a culture of “get more, eat more, and save more money”, Now the same society that has accepted this way of living, are now blaming those who happened to get fat off the same foods skinny people are eating. No one makes a conscious effort to be unhealthy.

    This blog almost did not happen. At first I did not want to do it. It is a huge responsibility to undertake; especially when your your own graphic designer, webmaster, writer, tech support, podcaster, producer, researcher, and so many other hats to wear; while still trying to give out correct information responsibly.

    What helped me change my mind was, a few years ago, I met this woman from a diabetes class in Beth Israel Hospital in NYC. She was obviously distraught, because she suffered brain damage, when a hospital gave her insulin first before her meal, by the time the next nurse on duty came with her dinner (about an hour+ later), she slipped in to diabetic shock. Every hospital should know that once administer insulin, you must eat no more than 15 minutes after a bolus shot.

    If you’d seen her, you would think she’d had a stroke; she spoke with a slight slurred speech. I felt sorry for her, and she was in such emotional pain, because the hospital clearly have failed her.

    This is when I realized diabetics really need other diabetics to talk to, we must support each other. It can be overwhelming reading multitudes of information on the net. I wanted to create a blog that was easy to understand, easy navigate, and lots of resources. Creating videos was another big step. I figured that sometimes people need to see a real person, speaking from real experience. It doesn’t mean people will listen, but at least I’m giving food for thought..

  • ArkieCameo says:

    I just wish to thank you for your videos and your blog. It is making it easier for people with diabetes and even family members who may not fully understand a place to go to ask questions and get honest answers. This is a great place for people to gather and discuss this health problem shared by so many. I will be back later and ask my questions and tell a bit about diabetes and me. I hope that this site lasts for many years or at least until there is a real cure. May God Bless You And Everyone Always

  • Yogirajj says:

    You are so welcome my friend.. It’s my pleasure.. Don’t worry, I plan on continuing my work here for a loooooong time.. Thank YOU so much for your kind words.. It really means a lot to me.. God bless YOU!!!!!


  • ArkieCameo says:

    As with all diabetics I am facing drastic choices at the present time concerning the treatment of my Type II diabetes. First thing out of the doctors mouth, after seeing the tests I was doing before I started seeing him, was the dreaded “I” word. Insulin–panic time for me for two reasons. 1) I would find it more difficult to loose weight if I go in insulin and 2) I cannot always know when I will be able to eat each day–depends upon how much money is left after paying a bill or putting back for a bill. So, we decided on oral meds and although I have yet to go below 237 –down from 514. One of the meds I was allergic to so have to change it to one that will cost me more. About $100 more. I am working on that problem, but as for the food, no help yet–don’t qualify for food help or medication help at all I have tried every avenue so must pay for the meds myself. My biggest fear is that if I am not able to lower the blood sugar over along period of time or it goes back up to over say 250–as it does often, I will be in major problems. Whenever I do get the money to eat, I try to eat salads or soups–never at the same time one on one day and the other on another day. How does insulin work for others as for weight gain/loss I know not eating within 15 minutes puts insulin users in a bad position. Just wondering how it works on others with the weight problems. I have lost over 30 pounds since June 2010. Thank you for reading this I know it is boring, but I just wish to find out how the weight and insulin problem does in others. May God Bless Everyone and again Thanks for having this site for all of us.

  • Yogirajj says:

    Salutations Arkie,

    I understand exactly how you feel. Different manufactures use different insulin formulas. Some of the older insulin such as Humulin, or less expensive insulin does cause weight gain unfortunately. However, some of the newer insulin formulas from Novo Nordisk does NOT seem to cause drastic weight gain.

    Please note that insulin IS naturally a fat storing hormone; in other words, the possibility of weight gain, exist whether your pancreas is making it, or your injecting it. Therefore, this is why we still need to watch what we eat regardless.

    Insulin effects each individual diabetic differently. Once you start insulin, there will be a lot of experimenting with dosages until you find out what works for you. The most important thing to be aware of when starting insulin is your I/C (Insulin to Carb) ratio, this is the first thing you need to ask your doctor. The second thing is, you need to test your sugars about every hour, until you understand your glucose patterns. This is extremely important, because if your sugars were that high for really long periods of time; once you get normal numbers, it will feel like a low blood sugar for a while until your body get’s used to it.

    When to take insulin? That depends on the brand, type, peak, and off peak durations, current blood sugar levels, and how your individual body responds to it. It’s not as hard as it sounds, but it is a big responsibility. Insulin is nothing like taking pills.. Checking your blood sugars when taking insulin is a non-negotiable.

    Do you have insurance? If so, is there a deductible?

  • ArkieCameo says:

    Thank you for the information. No I don’t have insurance that is the rub. Fall through the cracks on all social helps. Just started with this doctor as the one I use to have got angry when I could not afford to have blood tests run. I could not help it, but she did not see it that way for sure. I think she is loosing it as I am not the only one she cut loose for basically not having insurance nor the money to have things done as she wanted. She is older than me by about 5 years. I just got my A1C it is 10.3 as of last Thursday when I had blood work done–paying it in payments of $10.00 per month. Costs quite a bit have not got final bill yet. Blood Sugar was running so high I was fearful for sure. That is why I went to the doctor–new one–he is really trying to help me so in time there may be changes ya know. Thank you again for the information and as always May God Bless You and everyone.

  • ArkieCameo says:

    Well finally got the insulin. Humulin 70/30 with dosage to be 15units x2 per day at present. Hope it gets that AIC down as this is such a change for me as every diabetic knows. We all try to do it right to stay off of insulin, but some people cannot help what happens. My real father passed away at the age of 54 of diabetes. BUT he did not try to take care of it that was his fault. I am on a campaign to do what is right to get me back to a more normal life–work, school, and being a functioning part of society. Although there are many changes going on in my 60th year of life, I won’t be stopped from being happy, basically healthy, and free to work. May God Bless all and Keep up the great work everyone you are all wonderful and thank you for having this site so I don’t feel bad about saying things I know everyone can understand.

  • ArkieCameo says:

    Just a note, the doctor increased the insulin today from 15 units x2 a day to 20 units x2 a day. Juat thought I would let ya know a person must stay ontop of the medications be it oral meds or insulin (even combo of both). So hope to get it leveled out soon. May God Bless All

  • ArkieCameo says:

    So Sorry to do this again. Went to the doctor today and he upped the insulin again. It went from 20 units x2 per day to 25 units x2 per day. I am really working on the food intake and testing everything. I guess it just takes time and adjustments to get not only the BG to come down, but the A1C down too. Still working for sure. Good Luck all and I will keep going. Won’t be doing this again as I feel it bothers people. Just putting it in here and reading it over makes it real for sure. MGB e1.

  • Yogirajj says:

    Hey Arkie!! Don’t ever feel your bothering me or members!! This site is about sharing each others personal experiences, this is one of the ways we learn. There are some things we must have our doctors for; then there are some things that only a diabetic can teach another diabetic, through life experience.

    25 x2 a day, I’ll assume this is basal insulin. Please keep in mind that all though it is long acting insulin, it’s still insulin. In other words, when your doing lots of heavy physical activities, test before and after. This is to make sure not only to prevent a hypo, but to make sure your not doubling up on your insulin (this will also help your doctor determine what’s the best dose for YOUR particular body). Make note of any trends..

    Have a wonderful week…

  • Yogirajj says:

    Hey Arkie,

    I just remembered you said you’re on a 70/30 mix. These are generally a lot harder to make glucose corrections. It can also be a little bit more unpredictable. All I can say is test, until you and your doctor has decided on a I/C ratio..

    Take care…

  • ArkieCameo says:

    Yogirajj, thank you for your most valued response to my messages. Yes, they are still adjusting and readjusting, but unless I have problems with this one it will be the same till atleast Nov 29 when I see the dr again. At present, no oral meds are being used so that may be a good thing. My sugar is gradually coming down, but it is still higher than the dr thinks it should be and me too. BUT I hope it brings down that A1C to 7 soon. That is what seems to take the longest to get done for sure.

    I totally miss your new videos in diabetic connect they are always great and teach great diabetic items. May God Bless you for doing them. Waiting for the number 23.

  • ArkieCameo says:

    Well, one of my wishes has come true–so to speak. I finally got the new Accu-Chek Compact Plus–the black one. (My old Compact Plus was discontinued.)It is fantastic and oh so easy to use. Thank you for putting the video online regarding it. It is easy to read–without straining the eyes and as for testing with it–fantastic and quick. You do alot to help inform all diabetics and non-diabetics with important information. Again THANK YOU for all of your videos. May God Bless You and Yours ALWAYS

  • ArkieCameo says:

    Thank you for your number 23 videos. It was great to see all of the people and activities at the 2010 Walk Out. The four sections were all great for sure. Again Thanks so much. Now looking forward to #24–I really like your videos all of them.

    The doctor upped my insulin to 40 units in AM and 32 in PM. Hope it settles soon as I want my life totally back–I know you understand that. Thanks again for everything

    May God Bless You and Yours ALWAYS

  • ArkieCameo says:

    Lot of increases on insulin since last posting. Up to 56 units AM and 44 units PM had to get larger syringes to hold the AM one. Guess it is just life. Wishing everyone a glorious Holiday and a fantastic 2011.

    May Angels Watch Over Everyone Always

  • Yogirajj says:

    Hey Arkie,

    How has your sugars been? Have they been easier to control under those dosages?

  • ArkieCameo says:

    ss for taking so long to get back to you but things going on as usuallllllll during holidays for sure. Sugars are staying in the 200’s to teens in the 300’s. My insulin is now up to 74 units AM and 56 units PM. They will prob go up again come wednesday of this week when I call in my numbers. At least they are not in the 500’s still. I guess it is a really slow process, but I continue to try to eat the way I should and do what I should. I am on a regular schedule with the shots, twice a day 12 hours apart. Minimal food still, but carbs are what is difficult to control too as pasta is what the food banks give so much of. No freash veggies or frozen ones and the can ones have so much sodium the bp stays up. Not bad but still not where the dr. wants them. That is about it for now. Thank you for asking about my sugars–very nice of you. I hope and pray everyone has a glorious 2011 and await your next videos. Hope everyone can get their BG and A1C in order and live a great life for sure. Angels Watch Over Everyone Always

  • ArkieCameo says:

    Hello and May God Bless everyone.
    I have not had my insulin since this past Thursday January 6, 2011. I had enough for Friday but when I went to take the morning dose of 78 units the insulin was a light yellow. I had been told not to take it when and if it turned color so I had to leave it. I keep all of the insulin in the fridge, but I believe the air one has to put in it before drawing it into the syringe is causing problems. Could this be? Anyhow that was the last of my insulin and there was no money to get the rx at the pharmacy. So have been taking the metformin I had left. It is not really working–never did before–but it is better than nothing I guess. Hope to get the insulin tomorrow–Monday 1/10/2011 and get back on schedule. I hope no one else runs out always get your insulin even if you cannot get something else you need–I give up foods I should really eat to get the insulin then get the veggies and other food I should eat with the next bit of money. My dreams of getting an android will have to wait, but it will be worth the wait when I do get it. Hope no one has to go through any part of their life without their insulin. May God Bless Everyone Always

  • Yogirajj says:

    Salutations Arkie,

    Yes, once any insulin turns from its natural color, it is no longer good. Have you called the insulin company? If you explained to them that it was from a recent batch, they may send you a new one. Monitor how many times this happens; this may determine whether its the manufacture, or the pharmacy not storing the insulin correctly. It also doesn’t hurt to check all expiration dates BEFORE signing off on all your insulin/medications @ the pharmacy. Air is just that, air. Something like this does not normally happen to insulin UNLESS, one of three reasons, your fridge is too cold and the temperature needs adjusting, or, insulin was left out in room temperature for for months @ a time, or, I would not rule out the possibility of lotion/skin products contaminating the insulin (if you reuse needles). If you must reuse needles, make sure that the skin is well cleaned, and free from any oils, including natural oil from your body.

    Yes, I understand your pain with insulin. People have no idea the financial strain diabetes causes. No one wants to be diabetic on purpose… Trust me…

    Glad your getting a new batch tomorrow.. :-)

  • ArkieCameo says:

    No have not called the company but may later. Fighting to save home and not doing much but that right now. Did have blood work done again and since October 2010 to this past Thursday have got my A1C down from 10.3 to 8.3 weeeeeee. Really happy about that one. I am on 96 units of insulin in the AM and 68 units in the PM. This seems to be working. Hope it continues. More of a type I diabetic than a type II it seems. Did have probs at two other times in my life but it was metabolic–and they did treat it with insulin for short periods of time. That seemed to fix the problem until I was in my mid 20’s. But the dr. still says I am type II. Any how glad the AIC is down for sure. Have to go for now be back asap. May God Bless you and yours always and thanks for the newer videos they are very interesting and informative as usual. Byezzzzzzzzzzzz for now

  • ArkieCameo says:

    PS, I only use syringes once as that is the best way to keep healthy. Byezzzzzzzzzzz

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