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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 illustration of where you can give yourself an insulin injection. Insulin should be injected in subcutaneous fatty tissue, because it is absorbed better and hurts less. There are also various rates that insulin is absorbed depending on where you inject. The stomach is the quickest, behind the arms are intermediate, and your legs absorb much slower. If your on MDI (Multiple Daily Injections), I recommend that your legs be used for your basal injections. Bolus injections should always be given in the stomach in my opinion. Remember to stay away at least an inch and a half away from the navel.

Injections should be swift and quick. If your really having issues with pain, you can use a small cube of ice in the area you’d want to inject. Needles come in different sizes and widths, ask your doctor which one is right for you. Remember to always rotate your injection sites!! Frequent injections in the same area can not only cause bruising and hardening of the skin, but effect how your insulin is absorbed (if at all). Be sure to change your neeles every time you inject.

When you first start on insulin, it will be a numbers game for awhile. You need to work with your doctor to find the right dosage combination, that will get your glucose levels on track. Taking insulin is a huge responsibility. Different kinds of insulin formulas, will respond differently for every patient. If there’s any change in the way you feel, or if side effects occur, contact your doctor immediately. The Most common side effects are, irritated site injection; and hypoglycemia (which must be treated immediately).

Opened insulin should always be stored at room temperature (33-75F). Extreme temperatures can cause the insulin to loose effectiveness. During hot summer heat, it’s always a good idea to have your insulin inside a cooler bag of some sort (to carry with you), or inside the fridge (make sure you separate the used insulin from the freshly un-opened.

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