Why Patrick Peterson’s ‘Diabetes Free’ Claim is Ridiculous!

August 4, 2015 by


Did you ever see a story in the paper that drives you nuts?!!! Well, Arizona Cardinals cornerback, Patrick Peterson recently lost “a lot” of weight and claims he cured his diabetes.

Cure diabetes?

“I was tested again and as of right now, I am diabetes-free,” Peterson said Monday. “I still have to watch what I eat, sugar level, blood pressure, things like that.

Say what?!!! Statements like his are so misleading and dangerous because they only perpetuate myths and misconceptions. Of course, all the major media outlets are running stories with headlines stating that Peterson is ‘diabetes free.’ What bothers me is that people with diabetes read these articles and start to put their faith into miracle cures instead of  working to develop a better diabetes self-care management plan.

If you read a little further into the articles about Peterson you quickly learn that the 4-time Pro Bowler said he struggled with type 2 diabetes over the last year on and off the field. However, he played well enough to be elected to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in four NFL seasons.

It seems clear to me that what Peterson means when he says he’s diabetes free’ is that he’s no longer taking diabetes medication. He is still living with type 2 diabetes.  There’s a big difference. Peterson still needs to manage his health and maintain a healthy lifestyle to stay off his medications.

I think a whole lot of people would have been  much happier if he simply said I took my type 2 diabetes diagnosis seriously and did a lot of work on and off the field to properly manage my health.

That said, my discontent with his statements doesn’t overshadow how I feel about accomplishment. Patrick Peterson’s story can serve as amazing inspiration for anyone struggling with type 2 diabetes. You can do it!

He says he feels rejuvenated heading into this season with his health in the right place.

“It’s a big step, especially after you first find out about something like that, you worry it’s life-threatening. But it’s definitely something that’s controllable. The team doctors and (head athletic trainer) Tom Reed have done a great job monitoring, and I’ve been great so far. I’m ready to move forward.”

“This is probably the best I have felt in a while,” Peterson said declining to say exactly how much weight he’s dropped other than “enough.” “(I’m) moving real well. Much leaner, I feel much quicker, just more aware that I feel my time is now.

“The clock is ticking, I don’t have any time to waste. I have to put my best foot, my best effort, forward each and every Sunday.”

And being called ‘ridiculous’ is the worst thing that can happen to you in life. I was called ‘ridiculous’ for focusing on women with diabetes when I first started Divabetic. Since 2005 my ‘ridiculous’ approach to diabetes education and empowerment has reached hundreds of thousands of people. I have no regrets.

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DIABETES and the DOUBLE WHAMMY by Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE

July 30, 2015 by
Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE

Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE

Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE aka ‘Dr. Bev, who is a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Diabetes Educator recently wrote the first chapter of “Succeeding in Your First 30 Days with Type 2 Diabetes Guide.” titled “Coping with a New Diagnosis.” Dr. Bev shares this post about coping with a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and some of the emotions associated with dealing with your new health status.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a double whammy is “a situation that is bad in two different ways: a situation in which two bad conditions exist at the same time or two bad things that happen one after the other.” How does this relate to diabetes? I’ve spoken to many people who are living with diabetes, specifically type 2 diabetes, who are feeling many negative emotions about their diagnosis. Many times they have bits and pieces of information about how they are supposed to manage their illness.  Many times their information is either inadequate or completely wrong. Trying to be compliant with misinformation leads to a range of negative emotions, such as anger, guilt, frustration, and depression. The whammy in this case is having type 2 diabetes; the double whammy is the negative thoughts about diabetes and its self-management which can lead to feelings of low self-esteem.

Type 2 diabetes: The “whammy”

Diabetes is a problem with your body that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Type 2 diabetes is influenced by genetics, family history, age and inactivity. The fact is you do not cause type 2 diabetes. It’s a “whammy” that happens when the body becomes resistant to insulin or when the pancreas stops producing enough insulin.  Previously known as “adult-onset diabetes” or non-insulin-dependent diabetes, it is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar for energy. The body either resists the effects of insulin (a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells) or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal sugar level.  The body is then INSULIN RESISTANT. It is the most common type of diabetes accounting for 90%-95% of people with diabetes.

Negative emotions: The “double whammy”

How you deal with your diagnosis is up to you! You can react with feelings of guilt, self-blame, shame, helplessness, hopelessness and other assorted negative emotions. That’s the “double whammy” which you cause yourself.  Or you can choose to accept that you have diabetes and make adjustments to your lifestyle.  How you choose to look at your diabetes will affect how well you take care of yourself. First, you need to get educated with the facts about what type 2 diabetes is. Then, treat your type 2 diabetes with a healthy diet, monitor your blood sugar levels, make healthful lifestyle choices, and most important, develop a positive attitude.

  • Get educated about diabetes – become knowledgeable about diabetes. Knowing the facts can dramatically transform even the most negative emotions, replacing hopelessness with hope, depression with determination, and empower your self-esteem.
  • Eat a healthy diet – learn about good nutrition and apply the information into your daily life. Understand the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar.  Learn to be a wise consumer.  Read labels to find out about the nutrients in the foods you purchase.  Learn how to prepare foods in a healthy way.
  • Monitoring your blood sugar – know your target range (ADA’s recommendation is between 70mg/dl to 130 mg/dl). Check on how well you’re keeping your diabetes under control by measuring your blood sugar.  Check your sugar to find out how your body responds to food, exercise, stress, and any changes in your life. Blood sugar monitoring provides you with information about the level of sugar in your blood at the time you do the measurement.  You must then use this information to make adjustments in food, exercise, or medication to keep your blood sugar within your target range.
  • Healthful lifestyle choices- be good to yourself.  Be active and understand the effect of activity on blood sugar. Get enough sleep and follow your diet and exercise plan.  Learn a new craft or skill.  Spend some time each day doing something you enjoy.
  • Develop a positive attitude – attitude is very important when it comes to taking care of yourself. You can’t change your diagnosis (the whammy) but you can change your attitude. Having a positive outlook can lead to a positive outcome. Remember that you will not have total control over your diabetes all the time.  It is by nature an unpredictable disease, and the best you can do is manage it the  best that you can.  Having a positive attitude eliminates the double whammy and can be the single biggest contribution to living successfully with your diabetes.

The Succeeding in Your First 30 Days with Type 2 Diabetes Guide contains a ton of concise easy-to-digest information provided by experts such as Dr. Beverly S. Adler PhD, CDE. The guide’s goal is to give you the tools you need to conquer your understanding of type 2 diabetes and how to successfully incorporate simple changes in your daily routine to improve your health.

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Ryan Reed Living with Diabetes Behind The Wheel

July 29, 2015 by

REED HEADSHOTRyan Reed is an American stock car racing driver living with diabetes. He currently drives the No. 16 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

In February 2011, just as his career was reaching new heights, Ryan received life-changing news. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and told he would never race again. Instead of giving up, Ryan found a doctor willing to work with him and was assured that through hard work he could still race. Enlisting his medical team, personal trainer, and even pit crew, Ryan implemented lifestyle changes designed to help him manage his diabetes and stay on track.

“Between the prestige of the Brickyard and how important Indy is for Lilly Diabetes, this is a huge weekend for our team. Indy is tough and you have to use a different driving style there. It was challenging last year and I had a lot to learn, but going back this year I have a lot more confidence. Hopefully we can get a top-10 starting position and bring home a good finish for Lilly Diabetes at their home track.”

To inspire others living with diabetes, Ryan then founded Ryan’s Mission, a non-profit organization that helps build awareness and encourage those affected by diabetes. In 2013, Ryan and his Mission also joined forces with the American Diabetes Association® and Lilly Diabetes on Drive to Stop Diabetes™ a national campaign that brings awareness and diabetes education to thousands of spectators at NASCAR races nationwide.

Ryan Reed was named 2010 Rookie of the Year in the Super Late Model Division at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. And at age 17, Ryan became the youngest Super Late Model Winner in Toyota Speedway History.

Ryab Reed is currently ninth in the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship standings after one win and 12 top-15 finishes. He is the leading closer in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, improving a total of 31 positions in the last 10 percent of this season’s races. Reed and teammate Chris Buescher are the only XFINITY Series regulars to win a race so far this season.

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Avoid Dieting if You’re Tempted to Binge Eating

July 28, 2015 by


October’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast takes on the topics of overeating and binge eating with his guests: the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach, Poet Lorraine Brooks and Mama Rose Marie.

Binge eating disorder can be described as compulsive overeating. Those who binge eating feel as if they can’t stop eating, even though they aren’t hungry or are full. They consume a great deal of food in a small amount of time. People with binge eating disorder often feel shame and distress after an eating episode.

You might think that dieting is the key to losing weight but eating healthy foods, in moderation, is much better. Dieting can lead to feeling hungry and then you might be tempted to overeat. Instead, make sure to eat three healthy meals each day and have a variety of healthy snacks around for in between meals

Treatment for binge eating disorder can include many different medical professionals, such as therapists, psychiatrists, nutritionists and obesity specialists. Effective treatment works on behavioral strategies, health issues and addresses the emotional triggers that lead to binge eating episodes. During treatment, there are a number of self-help strategies you can use to help.

Having a network of people who support you is helpful. Your therapist can be one of those people but you can also talk to supportive family and friends. If you are finding it difficult to create a network, look for an in-person or online support group where you can openly talk about what you are going through.

READ MORE: http://www.healthcentral.com/anxiety/cf/slideshows/self-help-tips-binge-eating-disorder?ap=820

Divabetic inspiration, Luther Vandross had a very public battle with his weight for most of his career.

“I saw first-hand how painful and emotional draining compulsive overeating can be for someone through my job working with Luther,” says Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek. “I hope October’s podcast  offers a deeper understanding on the topic.”

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Thrive Market: Wholesome Products at Wholesale Prices

July 27, 2015 by


I follow Jillian Michaels on Facebook (no surprise there!) and she recently posted about Thrive Market. Have you heard of it?

It seems to me like it’s an interesting resource for anyone interested in living a healthy lifestyle on a budget.

Thrive Market is an online shopping club on a mission to make healthy living easy and affordable for everyone. Thrive Market members can buy the best-selling healthy foods and natural, wholesome products in everyday sizes, always 25-50% off retail prices, delivered right to their door.

Jillian offers this glowing review on the website, “Thrive Market makes healthy living accessible and affordable. This is exactly what the people have been waiting for. Their favorite products at a great price delivered straight to their door no matter where they live.”

The website states that an expert team of buyers handpick only the highest-quality, non-GMO, certified organic and natural products. You’ll find food, vitamins, supplements, home goods, cleaning supplies, body care, beauty staples and more—all from brands that uphold the values of health, sustainability, and premium quality. And there’s no bulk sizing here. We’re able to get wholesale prices without amping up volume.

How do they do it? Instead of charging the retail mark-up like other stores do, members pay a low annual fee of $59.95, which allows Thrive Market to cover costs. Thrive Market goes directly to brands and buy premium products at wholesale prices so they can pass those savings directly onto members.

To participate you need to register. There’s absolutely no cost to register for Thrive Market. Once you enter your email address, you’ll be able to browse the Thrive Market catalog of more than 4,000 premium products from the top 400 natural brands. You’ll also have access to their educational and inspirational content on the Thrive Notebook.

With your first purchase on Thrive Market, you’ll start a free 30-day membership trial. You’ll be able to shop for all your favorite healthy food, snacks, green cleaning products, non-toxic personal care items and more, always at 25 – 50% below retail prices. If it’s not for you, you can cancel at any time.

Thrive Market matches your membership by donating one to a family in need so we can all thrive together.

LEARN MORE: https://thrivemarket.com/contest/jillian1000?utm_source=FacebookDP&utm_campaign=JMfacebook&utm_content=P2&aff_id=2840&t_id=102709527fad1c434e869b97199eda&o_id=6&utm_medium=Empowered+Media+2

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Diva Summer Reads: ‘Killing Monica’ by Candice Bushnell

July 27, 2015 by


As a big fan of ‘Sex and The City’ I was looking forward to reading author Candice Bushnell‘s new book, ‘Killing Monica.’

‘From ‘Sex and the City’ through eight successive novels, Bushnell has revealed a gift for tapping into the zeitgeist of any New York minute’ said one reviewer. With each book, she has deepened her range, but with a light touch that makes her complex literary accomplishments look easy.

The Guardian Newspaper sums up Bushnell’s work this way: “She caustically addresses the conditions of materialism, cramped urban life, and metropolitan speed, where fame and wealth are all around, but never in one’s grasp . . . . Bushnell is courageous in bringing this to the fore, and she is blessed with an Austen-like mastery in doing so. She cuts through the lies that women tell themselves about the surface equality of Western society. As such, she has much more in common with Edith Wharton, Dorothy Parker and early Bret Easton Ellis.”

Wow, that’s a big build up to tell you that I disliked this book!


There were many times when I could have easily put it down and never picked it up again. I’ve read a few other books by Candice Bushnell — Trading Up, etc — and I remember enjoying them. Maybe my taste has changed or I’m getting older but this book missed the mark on many levels.

There seems to be a running theme in the book that marriage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. I got the sense that Candice feels she let readers down when she ultimately let her character, Carrie Bradshaw get married. Candice Bushnell was married in real-life too. She married to Charles Askegard, who was 10 years her junior, and whom she had met eight weeks before from 2002 through 2012, They decided to divorce in 2011. She found the experience disorienting, telling the London Guardian, “When I got divorced, I couldn’t get a mortgage; I didn’t fit into a computer model. All of a sudden, I was invited to no more couple things. Being single is hard and there’s something a bit heroic about it.”

The truth is the creation of ‘Carrie Bradshaw’ actually did empower a lot of single women, just as Samantha empowered a lot of gay men, to be who they are and not to conform to society’s rules. She proved you could be happy and single. It was groundbreaking.

I kept reading because I had a long layover in DC! And I must admit that I was left wondering if SondraBeth was based on Sarah Jessica Parker or not? If so,  what a horrible life for both characters (and possibly their real-life counterparts)!!! But the idea that two real women are seen by their social circles as composite of one character is sad and perplexing.

At the end of the day (or book in this case), I felt there wasn’t much joy in this book and that’s a bummer.

Killing Monica’ may be Bushnell’s cry for help, having watched her creation romp far beyond her control,” wrote Georgie Binks in the Toronto Star.

I guess I wasn’t quite off the mark either because The New York Times Book Review: “Characters never speak when they can screech, shriek or scream. Those characters are one-dimensional and tedious, despite bizarre names like SondraBeth Schnowzer and Pandemonia James Wallis. The chronology is choppy, and the plot is filled with novelistic cheats like surprise storms and a highly implausible case of mistaken identity. Most disappointingly, Monica, the literary creation around whom everything turns, never comes to life on the page, creating a gaping hole in the narrative that no amount of frantic action can conceal.” Ultimately, “The novel barrels toward its climax with increasing incoherence.” Kennedy concluded, “The entire thing is capped by a cheap revelation that’s supposed to make readers think, but only made this reader cringe.”

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Succeeding in Your First 30 Days with Type 2 Diabetes Guide

July 26, 2015 by
Diabetes Late Nite

Diabetes Late Nite

August’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast guest, Dr. Beverly S. Adler aka ‘Dr. Bev,’ a clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator who is living with type 1 diabetes, wrote the first chapter of “Succeeding in Your First 30 Days with Type 2 Diabetes Guide.”

Dr. Bev’s chapter is titled “Coping with a New Diagnosis” and addresses the emotions associated with dealing with your new health status. How you choose to face this life- changing illness can make even more difference in your overall well-being.

This comprehensive guide, “Succeeding in Your First 30 Days with Type 2 Diabetes Guide.” produced by DiabetesCare.net will allow people with newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes as well as those that still have questions on proper control to take a fresh look at daily diabetes management. Written by certified diabetes educators-medical professionals, this guide helps you eat right, learn how to test your blood sugar, discusses medicines, teaches basic exercises, and even includes how to deal with the emotional aspects of a diabetes diagnosis.

The Succeeding in Your First 30 Days with Type 2 Diabetes Guide contains a ton of concise easy-to-digest information you will need to conquer your understanding of diabetes and how to successfully incorporate simple changes in your daily routine to improve your health.

BUY NOW: Succeeding in Your First 30 Days with Type 2 Diabetes Guide

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Diva Summer Reads: ‘Peach Of A Pair’ by Kim Boykin

July 25, 2015 by


Looking for a great book to read this Summer book? Well,  one of Divabetic’s favorite authors, Kim Boykin‘s newest book, Peach Of A Pair” available for pre-order on Amazon.

Kim’s last book, Palmetto Moon: A Lowcountry Novel’ inspired The Huffington Post to rave, “It is always nice to discover a new talented author and Kim Boykin is quite a find.

Kim Boykin is a Southern women’s fiction author, accomplished public speaker and serves on the board of the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop. Kim’s participated on several Divabetic podcasts helping to inspire our ‘would be writers’ listeners to pursue their passion. Now, she delivers a novel, “A Peach Of A Pair” of a woman picking up the pieces of her life with the help of two spirited, elderly sisters in South Carolina!

“(Kim) Boykin brings us another lush Southern tale to cherish. A truly delightful read.” — RT Book Reviews said about “Peach of A Pair”

Here’s a brief synopsis of “Peach Of A Pair”:

“March 1953. Nettie Gilbert has cherished her time studying to be a music teacher at Columbia College in South Carolina, but as graduation approaches, she can’t wait to return to her family—and her childhood sweetheart, Brooks—in Alabama. But just days before her senior recital, she gets a letter from her mama telling her that Brooks is getting married . . . to her own sister.

Devastated, Nettie drops out of school and takes a job as live-in help for two old-maid sisters, Emily and Lurleen Eldridge. Emily is fiercely protective of the ailing Lurleen, but their sisterhood has weathered many storms. And as Nettie learns more about their lives on a trip to see a faith healer halfway across the country, she’ll discover that love and forgiveness will one day lead her home …”

Kim’s book has been garnering some fantastic reviews like this one posted on goodreads: “This is a beautiful and touching story set in the 1950s South. It takes on the bond of sisterhood betrayed; but the road to forgiveness brings forth peace and strength. There’s an adventure, lessons from the past, and the power of grace allowing one to open her heart to love again.”

Kim Boykin’s “Peach of A Pair” BUY NOW

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Model Sounds Calls Attention to Racism In Fashion Industry

July 23, 2015 by

file.nykhor-paulGLAM MORE FEAR LESS: South Sudanese model, Nykhor Paul is tired of makeup artists being unprepared to work on dark skin tones. The model took to Instagram  stating, “Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people.”

“Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up WTF,” Paul writes. “Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue black.”

She adds that many top makeup brands carry shades for her (including MAC, Bobbi Brown and Iman Cosmetics) but is unhappy that makeup artists aren’t keeping it in their kit. “A good makeup artist would come prepared and do their research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously!”

People Magazine reports that Paul has been modeling since 2008 and has landed major runway shows like John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood (and just walked in the Ilja Fall 2015 Couture show in Paris) as well as magazine covers, having recently been featured on Elle South Africa’s May issue.

“Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!!,” says Nykhor Paul.

LISTEN NOW: July’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast hosted by Mr. Divabetic featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Mama Rose Marie, The Charlie’s Angels of Outreach and more!

Phantom of the Okra Cast Announcements

July 22, 2015 by


I am in the middle of finishing the first draft of this year’s Diabetes Mystery Theater Radio show scrip, ‘Phantom of the Okra’ loosely based on the musical, “Phantom Of the Opera.”

Last year’s Diabetes Late Nite Mystery Radio podcast (‘The Pink Panther’) was so popular with listeners that the DLT team decided to produce another ‘spoof-tacular’ diabetes adventure.

This year there’s more mystery, more music and hi jinx in store for the Diabetes Late Nite cast as our mystery unfolds at the 6th Annual Pie Contest at Central Farm Markets in Bethesda, MD.

Central Farm Markets’ Bake Bethesda a Pie Contest has become an exciting annual event. Last year over 45 participants entered very creative and delicious pies in two categories, Sweet and Savory. The contest is open to kids (8-17) and adults (18 and older). Over 200 spectators watched the 2012 judging and eagerly anticipated the announcement of the prizes and the cutting of the pies! After the judging, the pies are sliced and given to the spectators for tasting. The crowd goes wild for pie!

The pie contest is open to amateur bakers only and the contest is free to enter, but there is a $5 donation required per pie entry that goes to the Manna Food Center.

Once again the happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabeitc is falsely accused of murder and must enlist the help of the Diabetes Late Nite team and Best-Selling Author Tonya Kappes to solve the murder. Along the way our amateur sleuth and the DLT team under cover the truth behind several diabetes self-care myths and misconceptions.

Special Guests include We Are Diabetes organization founder, Asha Brown and Susan Weiner MS, RD, CDE, CDN, Author Tonya Kappes and more!

Throughout the podcast, we will be playing selected cuts from the Phantom of the Opera soundtrack courtesy of SONY Music.

TUNE IN:  Phantom of the Okra  on Tuesday, September 8, 2015m 6-7 PM



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