Paula Abdul Gets ‘Straight Up’ About Breast Cancer Exams

October 21, 2014 by
Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness

Straight up, now tell me when was the last time you had a breast cancer exam?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Avon Foundation for Women has partnered with Paula Abdul to launch this fun dance video and kicky tune with an important message… #CheckYourself

Paula Abdul wants you to know that if you’re over 50, you should be getting a mammogram once a year. So she created a dance song that sounds like her biggest hit, “Straight Up.” to remind everyone about this important health message.

“This campaign is very personal for me,” said Paula Abdul an Avon Global Ambassador. “My sister Wendy was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000. As a breast cancer survivor and champion for the cause, she inspires me every day. My hope is that this new video will inspire women and men to take charge of their own breast health through screening, detection, and treatment.”

The new PSA/music video “aims to cut through the confusion related to screening strategies and encourages women to take control of their own breast health with three simple steps.”

Know Your Risks
Know Your Body
Talk To Your Doctor

Avon Foundation for Women wants to remind us all that “the key to prevention is knowing how to protect yourself, and early detection remains incredibly important. Women should be aware of their family’s health history, perform routine self-exams and visit a doctor annually.”

LISTEN NOW: Mr. Divabetic Show on Breast Cancer

To learn more about #CheckYourself, click here.

Kidney Health on October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast

October 20, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

Mr. Divabetic interviews his special guest Mamie V. Jackson, President and CEO of National Organization for Renal Disease (NORD) about her experiences as a kidney recipient on October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast.

Mamie who is living with diabetes is on dialysis 21 hours per week and is waiting for her second kidney transplant.

Did you know that there are over 500,000 USA residents on dialysis and over 80,000 residents  are waiting for kidney transplants?    Most people develop kidney from two causes: diabetes and high blood pressure.  Both are preventable, in most cases.  High blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke!  Obesity also can lead to all three ailments and diseases.  If the kidneys failed, you will want a kidney transplant and that wait list can be up to 11 years!   It is much more cost effective to prevent.

National Organization for Renal Disease (NORD) is a nonprofit, health agency and corporation based in greater Los Angeles, CA but serves San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys also. The nonprofit has been in business for the past 16 years serving poor, under educated and residents with language barriers.  NORD’s focus is healthcare services and health education (in several languages) for the prevention of chronic diseases- kidney diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.  The nonprofit is volunteer driven and licensed by the Dept. of Health Care Services. NORD works with licensed health care professional to provide its health screenings and health education services.  All service are affordable.   NORD serves multicultural adults at greatest risk for developing these chronic diseases mentioned above. Target populations include: Latino, Asian, African American, Native American, Pacific Islander and seniors.  NORD also provides healthcare information and screenings for nutrition, chiropractic health and organ and tissue donation.

Because NORD understands these diseases very well, our mission and goal, moving forward, is to establish a campaign of Awareness to educate and raise funds for the NORD expansion project in greater Los Angeles.  This project includes a screening and diagnostic center, educational center and research Institute to serve Los Angeles’ very large and diverse multicultural communities.  We need such a facility and it is about time.   The Campaign is called the A.S.K. Campaign.   Always Seek Knowledge.  It urges these racial groups to talk with their health care professionals about their risk factors and get tested along with families and friends. Our goal is to raise $5 million dollars to establish the NORD Expansion project in greater Los Angeles.

LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast on ‘Anger & Diabetes’

TLC Therapy Presentation with Dr. Beverly S. Adler

October 19, 2014 by
Mr. Divabetic and Dr. Beverly S. Adler

Mr. Divabetic and Dr. Beverly S. Adler

October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast’s guest certified diabetes educator, Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE will present:  “A psychologist’s approach to diabetes education: Talk – Listen – Counsel (TLC) Therapy” on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:00pm at Winthrop University Hospital.

Dr. Bev is a clinical psychologist and Certified Diabetes Educator with a private practice in Long Island that specializes treating the emotional issues of people with diabetes. Dr. Bev is also the author of MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Women with Diabetes and the editor of MY SWEET LIFE: Successful Men with Diabetes.  Both books share the empowering stories, written by successful women/men who have learned how to thrive with their diabetes.

Dr. Bev has not only devoted her career to helping people with diabetes, she is also living with type 1 diabetes. She is proud to say she has had diabetes for 39 years and is complication-free! For further information, please visit her website

RSVP: Please contact Betsy Paffmann, Outreach Manager at or call 631-768-3389.

 LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast on ‘Anger & Diabetes’

Big Penises Are A Problem for Fighting AIDS in Uganda

October 18, 2014 by
Divabetic Health Headlines

Divabetic Health Headlines

A big penis is a big problem for stopping the spread of AIDS in Uganda because men are complaining that condoms on sale are far too small for them. Government officials warn that condoms that don’t fit properly could raise the risk for HIV infection among the population.

Insisting that one size doesn’t fit all, MP Tom Aza said Uganda’s Parliamentary Committee for HIV/Aids said a recent tour of areas worst hit by the virus revealed that some men “have bigger sexual organs and therefore should be considered for bigger condoms. When it comes to action, when they’re having sexual activity, of course with the pressure, [the condom] bursts.”

“Some youth are complaining that the condoms they are being given, some of them are too short, their organs can’t fit in them,” MP Merard Bitekyerezo also told the channel.

Another committee member, Sarah Netalisile, said the size issue was “exposing our younger boys and girls, and all those users of condoms, to the acquiring of HIV and AIDS.”

Aids is seen as being resurgent in Uganda after years of decline, with as many as 80,000 people dying of the disease every year.

From a peak of 18 per cent infected in 1992, Uganda’s “ABC” strategy — Abstinence, Be faithful, Condom — helped slash rates to 6.4 per cent in 2005.

But rates have crept back up to 7.2 per cent in 2012. As many as 1.8 million people in the country now live with HIV, and a million children have been orphaned after their parents died of Aids.

NTV Uganda’s report said the MPs would push for better condom supplies and bigger sizes.

LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast

Are You Angry about Your Diabetes?

October 17, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

Mr. Divabetic talks with guest certified diabetes educator, Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE aka “Dr. Bev” about ‘anger and diabetes’ on October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast.

October’s podcast aims to give more airtime to the emotional issues related to diabetes such as anger and provide expert advice on coping with it.

Did you know that one reason diabetes and anger so often go hand in hand is that diabetes can make you feel threatened? This totally makes sense when you think that life with diabetes can seem full of dangers – insulin reactions or complications. When you fear these threats, anger often surges to your defense.

How common is it to experience anger?  Here’s a comment from one of our Diabetes Late Nite listeners about the topic of anger and diabetes:

“Yes, being angry about my diabetes hits me hard sometimes.  I talk to myself first, then my husband or sister.  They listen, but it is really hard for them to understand sometimes what is really going on inside my mind,” says Diabetes Late Nite listener,  Catherine from New Orleans.
“After having diabetes for 45 years I just sigh very heavily or complain out loud, but not THAT loud.  And then I get angry and say, “WHY is THIS happening?” I really do try to stay on track with my blood sugars and it is hard to understand why I have the high when I had done NOTHING to make it high.  UGH! that makes me angry.  I am also extremely lucky to have a FABULOUS psychiatrist who I am lucky enough to see twice a month and she helps me so much with ALL my battles.  It can be so hard sometimes, but at this point in my life I just sometimes shake my head and keep moving forward doing the very best I can to keep it all on track.”
While it’s true that out-of-control anger can cause more harm than good, that’s only part of the story. Anger can also help you assert and protect yourself. You can learn to use your anger. You can even put it to work for better diabetes care.

LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast

Kidneys and Diabetes on Diabetes Late Nite

October 16, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

Mr. Divabetic talked to  guest, Mamie Jackson about her experiences being on dialysis on October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast.

Each year in the United States, more than 100,000 people are diagnosed with kidney failure, a serious condition in which the kidneys fail to rid the body of wastes. Kidney failure is the final stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure, accounting for nearly 44 percent of new cases. Even when diabetes is tightly managed, the disease can lead to CKD and kidney failure.

Kidney damage rarely occurs in the first 10 years of diabetes, and usually 15 to 25 years will pass before kidney failure occurs. For people who live with diabetes for more than 25 years without any signs of kidney failure, the risk of ever developing it decreases.

Dialysis is a treatment that does some of the things done by healthy kidneys. It is needed when your own kidneys can no longer take care of your body’s needs.

You need dialysis when you develop end stage kidney failure –usually by the time you lose about 85 to 90 percent of your kidney function and have a GFR of <15

When your kidneys fail, dialysis keeps your body in balance by: removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body, keeping a safe level of certain chemicals in your blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate and helping to control blood pressure.

People with kidney failure undergo either dialysis, an artificial blood-cleaning process, or transplantation to receive a healthy kidney from a donor. Most U.S. citizens who develop kidney failure are eligible for federally funded care.

LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite

Anger Not Danger by Lorraine Brooks

October 15, 2014 by
October Diabetes Late Nite

October Diabetes Late Nite

Mr. Divabetic and his guests discuss ‘anger and diabetes’ on October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast.

Many people with diabetes feel angry about their diagnosis and in turn, keep asking themselves over and over again, “Why me?”

It’s perfectly normal for people with diabetes to feel angry, upset and even alone. Getting used to living with diabetes can be a challenge, and that’s true whether you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve lived with diabetes for a while.

Make it a regular habit to talk about what you’re going through with someone close to you.  Try to name your feelings and say what’s got you feeling that way. Many times, just telling someone who will listen and understand your feelings can lighten a difficult emotion and help it to pass.

Poet Lorraine Brooks shares her thoughts on ‘anger and diabetes’ in newest poem, ANGER NOT DANGER written specifically for October’s podcast:


anger forms circles and
drowns us in fears
and makes something worse than
it really appears.
anger is words that are
hard to take back
and that cause us to put
others under attack.
it causes confusion and
goes against grains.
it makes us do things that
causes us pains.
but anger can also be
something that drives
and gives us the push to
make better our lives.
anger has made me
take care of my needs
and given me strength to
accomplish hard deeds.
when I am angry I
speak with more care
just to make sure that
my content is clear.
it isnt a bad thing
the anger we’ve known;
it calls our attention to
how much we’ve grown.
it shouldn’t be something
we run away from
but just a reminder that
things must be done.
so use all your anger
to push you along.
to do difficult things that
will help you be strong.
be angry at things
that SHOULD make you feel fettered.
then use that same anger
to work for the better.
be kind to your anger.
be kind to your soul.
your anger can spur you
to better control.

LISTEN NOW: October’s Diabetes Late Nite

Can Anger Raise Your Risk of Heart Disease?

October 14, 2014 by
Anger & Diabetes

Anger & Diabetes

Mr. Divabetic and his guests discuss ‘anger issues and diabetes’ on tonight’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast at 6 PM, EST.

Throwing a tantrum or a ‘Diva Fit’ might make you a star on TMZ but if you knew that frequent anger might raise your risk of heart disease significantly, would you continue to blow off steam by yelling and smashing things during an argument or getting furious if the office email crashes during a rushed, stressful day?

It’s time for hot heads to take heed: Increasingly, the negative, irritable, raging, and intimidating personality type worries heart researchers and doctors alike. “You’re talking about people who seem to experience high levels of anger very frequently,” says Laura Kubzansky, PhD, MPH, an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health in Cambridge, Mass., who has studied the role of stress and emotions on cardiovascular disease.

So how exactly does anger contribute to heart disease? Scientists don’t know for sure, but anger might produce direct physiological effects on the heart and arteries. Emotions such as anger and hostility quickly activate the “fight or flight response,” in which stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, speed up your heart rate and breathing and give you a burst of energy. Blood pressure also rises as your blood vessels constrict.

While this stress response mobilizes you for emergencies, it might cause harm if activated repeatedly. “You get high cortisol and high adrenaline levels and that is the cardiotoxic effect of anger expression,” says Jerry Kiffer, MA, a heart-brain researcher at the Cleveland Clinic’s Psychological Testing Center. “It causes wear and tear on the heart and cardiovascular system.” Frequent anger may speed up the process of atherosclerosis, in which fatty plaques build up in arteries, Kiffer says. The heart pumps harder, blood vessels constrict, blood pressure surges, and there are higher levels of glucose in the blood and more fat globules in the blood vessels. All this, scientists believe, can cause damage to artery walls.

And anger might not be the only culprit. In Kubzansky’s own research, she found that high levels of anxiety and depression may contribute to heart disease risk, too. “They tend to co-occur,” she says. “People who are angry a lot tend to have other chronic negative emotions as well.”

Join the Divabetic Club – Philadelphia in October

October 13, 2014 by
Divabetic Club - Philly

Divabetic Club – Philly

Don’t miss the Divabetic Club – Philadelphia on Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12 PM – 1 PM.

Divabetic Club blends diabetes self-management education, group support with online empowerment tools in a way that enlightens participants and motivates them to improve. Divabetic’s uniquely different outreach and online programming comforts, connects and empowers its community to “Glam More, Fear Less” so that no one has to struggle with diabetes alone or in silence. Regular attendees and professional facilitators often fondly refer toDivabetic Club as the “12 Step Program for women and men living with diabetes”.

We have developed our “Divabetic 9” Steps to help participants on their journey from diagnosis to diva/dude! The Divabetic 9 Steps are based on the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) 7 Self-Care Behaviors: Healthy Eating, Taking Medications, Monitoring, Reducing Risks, Problem Solving, Being Active and Healthy Coping

The Divabetic’s 9 Steps: Declare out loud you’re living with diabetes, Involve your friends and family, Visualize a life without diabetes health-related complications, Aim to be a better eater, Break a sweat, Enhance your appearance, (Learn to) Trouble-shoot blood sugar high’s and low’s, Inform yourself about your health and medications and always carry supplies with you!

Divabetic Club – Philadelphia is presented by a team of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital healthcare professionals and diabetes educators who provide expert advice on food, fitness and self-care management to encourage early action and prevention of diabetes health-related complications.

Divabetic Club Philadelphia is sponsored Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, works collaboratively with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and is a signature program of Divabetic.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 12PM- 1PM

4th floor. Hamilton Building.

1001 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19107


Register: 1-800-JEFF-NOW 

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite hosted by Mr. Divabetic

Glam More, Fear Less at the Divabetic Club – NYC

October 12, 2014 by
Divabetic Club

Divabetic Club

Divabetic’s premiere outreach program, the Divabetic Club returns to New York City on Sunday, October 26, 1-4 PM.

“I’m excited to bring our diva brand of diabetes outreach back to NYC,” says Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek. “Divabetic started in NYC so it’s great to be back doing what we do best! We’re planning to focus on the emotional side of living with diabetes and give people the opportunity to let their hair down.”

Divabetic’s belief in the power of a diva to change attitudes is what led us to take diabetes education out of the clinical setting and to direct our outreach efforts toward women. The ‘girl’s nights out’ atmosphere helps us to tackle real life problems, body image issues and matters of the heart where diabetes is concerned.  Different beauty, image, craft and lifestyle presenters join us from time to time to teach us about other interests, products and services. The Divabetic Club will be co-presented with Eliot LeBow LCSW, CDE. Elliot is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and certified diabetes educator. At age six, I was diagnosed with Juvenile diabetes (Type I). I am now a Diabetes-Focused Psychotherapist, a Certified Diabetes Educator and Diabetes Coach as well as the owner of DiabeticTalks, a robust online platform dedicated to helping individuals like yourself live a better life.

“My own passion lies with helping people with diabetes live a capable, powerful life-with less suffering!”says Eliot LeBow.
If you’re affected by, at risk and/or living with diabetes or you care for someone living with diabetes – you’re welcome to join us. The best way to experience our diva brand of diabetes programming is to bring a friend! Mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, cousins, co-workers or best friends – all are welcome!

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 1 -4 PM – FREE ADMISSION 
Divabetic Club – NYC
323 West 96th Street, Suite 2
New York, NY 10025
CALL NOW: (646) 392-8599


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