Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force on Diabetes Late Nite

September 30, 2014 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

Mr. Divabetic and the Diabetes Late Nite team are talking about anger issues and diabetes on the next Diabetes Late Nite podcast scheduled for Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6 -7 PM, EST.

Research has shown that the same hormones used to regulate blood glucose levels are those used to regulate stress levels leading to feelings including anger and depression.  During times of elevated anger levels, the hormones affecting blood sugar levels become overstimulated and can increase or decrease production of insulin and the transportation of the chemical around the body.

Our musical inspiration is Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force. Lisa Lisa and her band Cult Jam are one of first freestyle music groups to emerge from New York City in the 1980s. Cult Jam consisted of guitarist/bassist Alex “Spanador” Moseley, and drummer and keyboardist Mike Hughes. They were assembled andproduced by Full Force.

Their first single “I Wonder If I Take You Home” went gold and was followed by another club hit, “Can You Feel the Beat” and the ballad “All Cried Out“, which also went gold.

Their second album, Spanish Fly, was a huge success in 1987. It spawned two #1 pop hits, “Head to Toe” and “Lost in Emotion“, both of which went gold and both of which sported a retro Motown flavor mixed with the Freestyle sound they were known for.

Diabetes Late Nite guests include the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach (Patricia Addie-Gentle RN, CDE, Dr. Beverly Adler PhD, CDE and Neva White DNP, CRNP, CDE ) Poet Lorraine Brooks, Author Lisa Eugene, Mama Rose Marie and Special Guest: Mamie Jackson.  Hosted by Mr. Divabetic. Our musical inspiration will be Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force. We will be playing their greatest hits courtesy of SONY MUSIC. Prizes provied by Cabot Cheese, Nu Naturals and Dr. Greenfield’s Foot Creams.

Divabetic’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast is a fast-paced, full-filled hour of diabetes education and wellness advice that encourages listeners to “laugh a little, learn a lot.”


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LISTEN NOW: Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators podcast

Join Us for the Divabetic Club – NYC in October

September 29, 2014 by
Divabetic Club

Divabetic Club

After a four year absence, 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 Elliot 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 Elliot 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!

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

Why Are So Many People So Angry?

September 28, 2014 by
October Diabetes Late Nite

October Diabetes Late Nite

Mr. Divabetic and the Diabetes Late Nite team discuss ‘anger and diabetes’ on the upcoming podcast scheduled for Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 6-7 PM, EST.

From frustration over hitting a weight loss plateau and unexpected high blood glucose readings to lashing out over the  fact that most health insurance won’t cover  your preferred brand glucose test strips and monitor there are many reasons why people with diabetes may feel angry today.  Did you know anger can effect your diabetes? With anger, you get increased blood pressure and increased blood glucose levels so this might be a good time for me to read  Mindful Anger: A Pathway to Emotional Freedom by Andrea Brandt (with Brookes Nohlgren).

Becoming more mindful of our emotional reactions is a great psychological habit that is also good for us physiologically.  Once one recognizes what’s going on inside one’s body and mind, a morning’s anger may become tonight’s understanding.

Makes sense but how on earth do we step back and get some perspective?

Here’s a sample of Brandt’s easy-to-follow approach:

1. You can’t get into being mindful. It’s not unusual to feel anxious or resistant to “exploring your inner world,” says Brandt. Nothing may come up when you try peering inward, if you’re not used to doing so. It gets easier with practice.

2. You try to control your experience. Some people aren’t used to relaxing and letting feelings come up naturally. No judgments or expectations. “If you keep your approach neutral, you’ll open the doors to honesty—there is no need for shame or defensiveness, for guardedness or withholding the truth.”

3. You don’t want to change your story. Telling the same negative story about your life may keep you mired in victimhood. “Slow down to see what’s going on inside.”

Keep this valuable piece of advice in mind, as well: “Overreacting in the present is a clue that there might be unresolved issues from the past.”

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite Mystery Radio with Tonya Kappes 

LISTEN NOW: Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators podcast

Diabetes And Bowel Control

September 27, 2014 by
Divabetic Hot  Topics

Divabetic Hot Topics

Poorly controlled or long-term diabetes may cause damage to the nerves, (neuropathy) and commonly occurs in the feet. Similarly, it may affect the bladder and bowel.

Nerve damage to the bladder and bowel causes loss of sensation so you may have little warning of needing to go to the toilet or lack of awareness of your bladder filling. Your bladder and bowel may not empty well, putting you at risk of developing urinary tract infections, kidney damage or constipation.

The medications used to manage type 2 diabetes may cause loose bowel actions (diarrhoea). The combination of weak pelvic floor muscles and loose bowel actions may cause bowel incontinence. The medicines that can cause problems include Metformin, Acarbose and Gliclazide. If you are experiencing these problems talk to your doctor or diabetes nurse or dietician. Soluble fibre can help firm up the diarrhoea and slow down the bowel motions. Sources of soluble fibre are oats, barley, rye, peeled fruit and vegetables.

Obesity is also a major risk factor for developing bladder and bowel control problems. The pelvic floor muscles support most of your body weight. Any excess weight further strains these muscles, weakening them. Weak pelvic floor muscles do not support the bladder and bowel as it should. If this happens you may notice leakage when coughing and sneezing (also known as stress incontinence) or the need to frequently or urgently visit the toilet.

Keeping your diabetes well managed is the best way to prevent nerve damage or further damage happening.

Poor control of the bladder and bowel is an important health problem. It can interfere with work, social activities or sexual and personal relationships. It is important that you seek help because these problems can be cured, treated or better managed. Talk to your doctor or call the Continence Helpline:  0800 650 659.

 LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite Mystery Radio with Tonya Kappes 

LISTEN NOW: Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators podcast


Help, Diabetes Destroyed My Bladder!

September 26, 2014 by
Divabetic Hot Topics

Divabetic Hot Topics

More than half of men and women with diabetes have bladder dysfunction because of damage to nerves that control bladder function. Bladder dysfunction can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life. Common bladder problems in men and women with diabetes include the following:

Overactive bladder. Damaged nerves may send signals to the bladder at the wrong time, causing its muscles to squeeze without warning. The symptoms of overactive bladder include

  • urinary frequency-urination eight or more times a day or two or more times a night
  • urinary urgency-the sudden, strong need to urinate immediately
  • urge incontinence-leakage of urine that follows a sudden, strong urge to urinate

Poor control of sphincter muscles. Sphincter muscles surround the urethra-the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body-and keep it closed to hold urine in the bladder. If the nerves to the sphincter muscles are damaged, the muscles may become loose and allow leakage or stay tight when a person is trying to release urine.

Urine retention. For some people, nerve damage keeps their bladder muscles from getting the message that it is time to urinate or makes the muscles too weak to completely empty the bladder. If the bladder becomes too full, urine may back up and the increasing pressure may damage the kidneys. If urine remains in the body too long, an infection can develop in the kidneys or bladder. Urine retention may also lead to overflow incontinence-leakage of urine when the bladder is full and does not empty properly.

“I have lost my bladder control completely. I have to change diapers as much as a six month old. Is there anything that can be done to correct this problem? I just turned 52. Please help!”

Diagnosis of bladder problems may involve checking both bladder function and the appearance of the bladder’s interior. Tests may include x rays, urodynamic testing to evaluate bladder function, and cystoscopy, a test that uses a device called a cystoscope to view the inside of the bladder.

Treatment of bladder problems due to nerve damage depends on the specific problem. If the main problem is urine retention, treatment may involve medication to promote better bladder emptying and a practice called timed voiding-urinating on a schedule-to promote more efficient urination. If urinary leakage is the main problem, medications, strengthening muscles with Kegel exercises, or surgery can help. Treatment for the urinary urgency and frequency of overactive bladder may involve medications, timed voiding, Kegel exercises, and surgery in some cases.Keeping blood glucose levels in your target range may help to lower your risk of further damage

 LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite Mystery Radio with Tonya Kappes 

LISTEN NOW: Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators podcast

Checkered Past (A Laurel London Mystery) by Tonya Kappes

September 25, 2014 by
Divabetic Mystery Radio

Divabetic Mystery Radio

Best-selling Author Tonya Kappes spent her summer mentoring Max “Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek on writing his first mystery radio theater script for September’s  Diabetes Late Nite podcast as well as preparing to release her latest novel, Checkered Past (A Laurel London Mystery) Book 2. In both cases, the results are AMAZING!

The two met earlier in the year at BookCon event  in New York City. When Max approached Tonya about working with Divabetic she immediately agreed. Tonya’s father is living with type 2 diabetes so the cause is close to her heart.

“Initially, I wanted Tonya to be part of our ‘Don’t Let Diabetes Kill Romance’ segment (about sexual wellness issues) but when I realized she writes mysteries I had this crazy idea to write a mystery radio show!” says Max “Mr. Divabetic” Szadek. “I called her up, told her my idea and asked if she would guide me through the process. She said, ‘absolutely’ and over the course of two months I would e-mail Tonya my script rewrites and she would send back comments, edits and suggestions. There’s no way I could have done it without her help, support and encouragement. “

Tonya Kappes is getting ready to release her newest novel, Checkered Past on October 1, 2014. Here’s more on this exciting new mystery by one of favorite authors:

Laurel London is one tough cookie. . .

Convict Willie Ray Bowman escapes from prison just days away from his date with “Old Sparky”, the Kentucky state federal prison electric chair. Laurel hasn’t seen Willie Ray since the day he left her picking up the pieces of her broken heart in Walnut Grove, Kentucky.

Can Laurel put her bitter, angry feelings aside and help Willie Ray prove his innocence before the FBI find him

“If you’re looking for a good laugh and some mystery with a little bit of romance around the edges then this is the book for you! Tonya always knows how to keep her readers intrigued with every turn of the page,” says Sarilyn on  Amazon.

Tonya  Kappes  has written over 15 novels and 4 novellas, all of which have graced numerous bestseller lists including USA Today. Best known for stories charged with emotion and humor, and filled with flawed characters, her novels have garnered reader praise and glowing critical reviews.

 LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite Mystery Radio with Tonya Kappes 

LISTEN NOW: Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators podcast


Can A ‘C’ Section Cause You to Lose Vaginal Sensation?

September 24, 2014 by
Vaginal Numbness

Vaginal Numbness

Last night while we were watching the comedy, “This Is 40″ starring Leslie Mann there was a very funny scene between two women talking about the loss of feeling in their vaginas. One character admitted that she lost sensation as a result of a c section. The scene was particularly funny because the actress playing the role was seated on one of those big rubber fitness balls as she explained in great detail how she couldn’t feel anything in her vagina no matter what she put in it.

After the movie finished we googled ‘loss of vaginal feeling’ because of c sections. Here’s what we found:

A c-section incision is very low and can cause lasting or permanent numbness. This numbness can include a very large area, but usually decreases to just the incision site over time. Even though it seems to be popular to think that a c-section “saves” your sex life, just as many women experience some form of sexual dysfunction as women who give birth vaginally (but the numbers are generally low for each).

Not only can the incision from a  c section cause numbness, but the scar inside your uterus can fuse to other organs and cause lasting or permanent pain during intercourse.

LISTEN NOW: Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators podcast

‘A Little Respect’ by Lorraine Brooks

September 23, 2014 by
Mr. Divabetic Show

Mr. Divabetic Show

Mr. Divabetic hosts some of the most exciting developments and creative minds in diabetes and health and wellness on the Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators including Poet Lorraine Brooks.

For the past year, Lorraine has been sharing her original poems on Divabetic’s monthly podcasts to help empower listeners to ‘GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS.’ Here’s Lorraine Brooks’ poem, A Little Respect written specifically for this podcast:


Look at me.

Look at the pain

In my eyes.

All that you see

Is my

Overweight size.

Inside is a person

Who needs to

Be heard.

Needs to let go of

The hurt

I’ve incurred.

I’m not uninformed

And I’m not unaware.

I am not lazy

And yes, I DO care.

I haven’t abandoned

My health or my needs.

I’ve just redefined

What it means

To Succeed.

I am not here

To live up to your charts

Or conform to your standards

For my body parts.

It’s not called depression

It doesn’t need meds

I won’t go to blazes and

I won’t drop dead.

I don’t have the answer

To all of life’s queries,

I don’t want to hear about

All of your theories.

Just treat me with value

As part of the clan

And do not compare me to those

Smaller than.

Look at me

Look at the smile

I reflect

And treat me with love

And a little


The Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators features the makers of the mobile apps, ‘HelpAround ‘and ‘mySugr,’ the co-founder of Jerry the Bear and the author of a “divabetic” inspired mystery series.

HelpAround is a mobile safety net for people with diabetes. When you post a request on HelpAround, the app searches for “helpers” in their Diabetes Safety Net. HelpAround identifies people with the highest chances of being able to help you, notifies them, and invites them to respond.

mySugr is a mobile app that has a similar purpose as a diabetes logbook. It provides immediate feedback and helps you stay motivated. You win points for every entry made which help tame your diabetes monster. The goal is to tame your monster every day. Challenges are available to help you set and attain personal goals.

Jerry the Bear is a best friend for children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. He helps kids master their medical procedures, from counting carbs to monitoring their blood sugar levels – all through play!

Tyora Moody is an author and literary entrepreneur of Eugeena Patterson Mysteries. Eugeena Patterson is a newly retired, recently widowed, empty nester who  was recently diagnosed with diabetes. When this self-proclaimed “divabetic” isn’t managing her blood sugars she’s solving murders as an amateur sleuth who lives in Charleston, SC.

LISTEN NOW: Mr. Divabetic Show on Diabetes Innovators podcast

How I Met My Meter by Author Peter Arpesella

September 22, 2014 by
How I Met My Meter

How I Met My Meter

Actor, Artist and  Writer Peter Arpesella‘s debut novel, Good Like This, is a passionate, fast paced story about family, love, relationships, commitment, ambition, transformation, self-discovery, the connection between body and mind and the difference between “high and happy.”

Peter Arpesella was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of seven. His diabetes diagnosis followed a period of tremendous family turmoil, during which Peter had the mumps followed by pancreatitis.

Peter has never let diabetes get in his way, and he lives life to the fullest. Below, Peter shares his “How I Met My Meter’ story:

“I think it’s insane, Doc! After over forty years with diabetes I still have to prick my fingers? If I had a penny for every time I put a hole in my fingers…”
“You’d have five grand, give or take a few,” Doctor Adelstein, my
endocrinologist, answered.
“Wow, you’re quick with numbers,” I observed, genuinely impressed.
“Isn’t it better than peeing into a vial or onto a strip?” He asked me.
“Well, yes, but that was the last millennium. It’s called progress. I mean, really, isn’t it time to, A. Get a cure, or, B. At least get something quick and easy to measure our blood sugar level?”
“You have the—“
“Without anything pricking my skin, or going into my body and sticking to it, like a blood sucking bug!” I interrupted him, knowing he was going to mention the CGM I already have. “Something non-invasive. Like, you know, those fever meters they have in doctor shows on TV? Something that I can swipe on my forehead, or on my arm, or on my ass and, bam, 97! Wouldn’t that be great?”
“It would,” Doctor Adelstein answered, while inputing my vitals on his computer.
“We should invent it!” I said with more enthusiasm than I expected. “Enough with my life of finger pricking, and your life of… rich Beverly Hills doctoring. Let’s invent something really good for millions of people! Let’s show big pharma what we can do. What do you say, Doc?“
Doctor Adelstein looked at me in silence. I thought he was trying to decide whether to put me on Xanax or Zoloft.
So I said, “Fine. Do you at least have something fun?”
“There’s this new OneTouch Verio Synch, have you heard of it?” Doctor Adelstein asked while taking a box out of a drawer.
“The one that synchs wirelessly with on app on my iPhone?” I asked back.
“Yes. It shows you averages and trends. Isn’t it great?” Doctor Adelstein asked again, hopeful.
“We sound like an informercial, Doc,” I said.
Doctor Adelstein lowered his gaze to the product box in his hands. He shrugged and said, “It uses the same strips as the Verio IQ you’re using now.”
Convenient, I thought. Convenience goes a long way.
“Every time I push a button on a blood glucose meter I feel on the edge of the future, circa 1990,” I thought out loud.
A tweet from God appeared on my iPhone, “I’m launching a new universe on Kickstarter.”
I smiled and said, “I’ll take it.”
BUY NOW: Good Like This novel by Peter Arpesella

Kick Your Sugar Addiction with the Sugar Savvy Solution

September 21, 2014 by
Sugar Savvy Solution

Sugar Savvy Solution

America’s #1 Energy Conductor, High Voltage has just released her newest book, “The Sugar Savvy Solution” to help people kick their sugar addictions.

This fun and empowering 6-week program to focused on getting your weight down and energy up by getting sugar savvy.

Unleash your inner  health hero  take control of food so it doesn’t control you. Can’t eat just one?
Yes, there’s a reason for that!
New science shows that when we overload on sugar our brain receptors actually change, making it hard to regulate how much we eat. Sugar is addictive. It lights up the same reward receptors and triggers the same cascade of feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine as cocaine. And when you’re shaky, irritable and looking for your next food “fix,” you may not even realize it—but you’re hooked.
Like all of us, you just want to feel good and have energy for all the activities you do and love. But the foods you’re counting on to get you there inevitably make you feel worse…not to mention lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, wrinkled skin (truly), and even cancer. Enough! It’s time to take control of your health and happiness and get ‘Fit, Fabulous, and Fierce’.
 The Sugar Savvy Solution includes: a complete 6-week plan to transform your eating and exercise habits, easy-to-assemble Power Meals and Snacks, Affirmations that move your body and your spirit •and inspirational stories and advice from the 17 Sugar Savvy Sisters who tried our program, every single one of whom lost weight!
Based on the groundbreaking “Energy Up” program created by Kathie Dolgin (aka High Voltage), proven in a 2007 Columbia University Medical Center study to help participants lose an average of 13 pounds, the Sugar Savvy solution is more than a diet.

BUY NOW:  The Sugar Savvy Solution by Kathie “High Voltage” Dolgin

LISTEN NOW: High Voltage on Mr. Divabetic’s Most Fascinating People 2013 podcast


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