Pick A Number with A Podiatrist

February 12, 2016 by

5WW8E7uuGIMX6Thypbzlm7pSRWAh2Unel2zXVKwbGQwThe happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic challenges his guests on his free monthly podcasts, Diabetes Late Nite to pick a number that relates to improving the health of someone with diabetes.

His recent guest, Podiatrist, Dr. Maasi J. Smithwho received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA picked the number ‘4’ because he recommends that people with diabetes should see their foot doctor once every quarter of a year or four times a year.


“Regular visits help keep your foot doctor in the loop,” says Dr. Smith.  He adds, “For some reason, most people with diabetes don’t take their feet seriously. They need to give their feet more attention.  An ingrown toenail can cause all types of problems.”

Why do  so many people with diabetes suffer from dry skin?

“Diabetes causes autonomic neuropathy. Because of the blood sugars desensitize the nerve ending in the feet and the skin so the skin doesn’t nourish itself a quickly as it should. Dry skin can break and crack.”

When you buy skincare lotions you should look for antioxidants, vitamin E and other pure ingredients. Try to avoid chemical-based lotions don’t work. Some toenail polish removers can dry out your cuticles which can cause  even bigger problems for you down the road.

Maasi J. Smith, DPM, received his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine from Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a proud graduate of Hampton University, located in Virginia

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Spotlight podcast with Dr. Maasi Smith

Divabetic Club Goes Red to Raise Awareness for Heart Disease

February 10, 2016 by


Divabetic Club – Philadelphia goes ‘RED’ to raise awareness for the risk of heart disease in women with diabetes on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12 M -1 PM at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Do you know what causes heart disease in women? What about the survival rate? Or whether women of all ethnicities share the same risk?
The fact is: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

But it doesn’t affect all women alike, and the warning signs for women aren’t the same in men. What’s more: These facts only begin to scratch the surface.

There are a several misconceptions about heart disease in women, and they could be putting you at risk. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health for this very reason. In this section, we’ll arm you with the facts and dispel some myths – because the truth can no longer be ignored.

Join us for Divabetic’s free and fabulous monthly motivational sessions to help empower YOU to better manage your diabetes with the attitude and style of a diva. No moaning and groaning here…just support, understanding and the knowledge you can live healthy with diabetes!

Divabetic Club Goes Red!

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12 – 1 PM

Bluemle Life Sciences Building. 233 S. 10th St. Philadelphia , PA 19107

Free Admission


Safe Pedicures on Diabetes Late Nite

February 9, 2016 by


Mr. Divabetic interviews podiatrist, Dr. Monique Renee Rolle from Lansdowne Podiatry about safe pedicure procedures on February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast.

“The diabetic foot is very different than the foot of someone without diabetes,” says, Dr. Rolle.  “You have to avoid sharp tools like cuticle nippers and callus exfoliators, avoid very hot water. It’s best to first check with your podiatrist to see if you’re even a candidate to be able to get a pedicure.”

When you have diabetes, any injury to your feet is a major concern. An injury is an open invitation for an infection. An infection can lead to higher blood sugars and higher blood sugars can interfere with the healing process, which can lead to ulcers and potential amputation. This means you need to take good care of your feet and avoid injury.

“You should always tell you nail technician that you have diabetes,” say Dr. Rolle. “This lets them know that they should use extra care while pampering you, even if you don’t feel anything is wrong.”

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite featuring Dr. Monique Renee Rolle and music by Tamar Braxton courtesy of SONY Music

Go Red! with Divabetic on Friday, February 5th

February 4, 2016 by

gor.001Get D.I.V.A! Let February’s Diva Inspiration, Tamar Braxton inspire you to Go Red! of National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016. 

Be Dedicated, Informed, Vocal and Accessorized for your diabetes and join the fight against heart disease in women.

Did you know Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year? Unfortunately people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without the condition.

The good news is that by working with your healthcare provider, 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® and Donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health.

And don’t forget to make your heart health a priority. Schedule your Well-Woman Visit, a prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses. Then encourage others through your social channels to do the same using the hashtags, #GoRedWearRed and #WellWomenVisit.

REGISTER NOW: Go Red! at Divabetic Club on Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12 -1 PM, EST at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. CALL: 1 -800- JEFF- NOW

LISTEN NOW: A fast-paced hour of friendly diabetes education and empowerment, music, interviews, games and prizes on Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Barbra Streisand.

DKA (Diabetic Ketoacidosis) and the Diva!

February 3, 2016 by

Tamm.001The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic talks to the ‘Rhinestone Heiress’, Morelia about her DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis) experience on February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast.

“I learned that I needed to start focusing more on ‘me’ after I had DKA,” says Morelia.

After being a guest on our podcast a few years ago Morelia has been dealing with emotional, physical and financial issues including a recent dangerous DKA episode.

DKA is a serious condition that can lead to a diabetic coma or even death, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

“DKA happens when someone’s PH is very acidic.” says Patricia Addie-Gentle, RN, CDE.

It occurs when the body doesn’t have enough insulin to use glucose, the body’s normal source of energy, says the ADA.  When your cells don’t get enough glucose, your body begins to burn fat for energy instead. This produces a chemical called ketones.  High levels of ketones make the blood more acidic and can poison your body. Ketones are a warning sign that your diabetes is out of control, says the ADA.

“I had a couple of things going in my life that took the focus off of my health,” says Morelia. “I went to the hospital more than once.”

When ketoacidosis is severe, it must be treated in the hospital, often in an intensive care unit. Treatment involves giving insulin and fluids through your vein and closely watching certain chemicals in your blood (electrolytes).

It occurs when the body doesn’t have enough insulin to use glucose, the body’s normal source of energy, says the ADA.  When your cells don’t get enough glucose, your body begins to burn fat for energy instead. This produces a chemical called ketones.  High levels of ketones make the blood more acidic and can poison your body. Ketones are a warning sign that your diabetes is out of control, says the ADA.

“I was pulled over because I was driving a bit erratic on my way to the hospital,”adds Morelia. ” I felt something was not right. I had been extremely dehydrated and was vomiting.”

DKA may afflict anyone with diabetes, though it is rare in people with type 2 diabetes. According to the ADA, early warning signs include: thirst or a very dry mouth, frequent urination, high blood glucose levels, high levels of ketones in the urine.  These are followed by: constant fatigue, dry or flushed skin, nausea, difficulty breathing, a fruity odor on breath, difficulty focusing, or confusion.

“Having had DKA made me realize to never loose yourself but be true to you and your character,” says our special guest, Morelia from Nashville, TN. “I have the TOOLS and learn my disease, diabetes daily and live life to the fullest and SPARKLE!”

“Today I indulged some and tomorrow I start all over again,” Morelia adds. Her motto for going forward, “Always shine and don’t be afraid to embrace your illness in a positive. Put your lipstick on smile and strut a bit more in your heels!”

LISTEN NOW:  Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring the the music of Tamar Braxton courtesy of SONY Music.

Symptoms of a Stroke

February 1, 2016 by


Divabetic inspiration, R & B legend, Luther Vandross suffered a stroke in 2003. Luther had been living with type 2 diabetes for over 20 years. He battled weight problems for years while suffering from diabetes and hypertension.

He was arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeer of his generation. He made women swoon with his silky yet forceful tenor, which he often revved up like a motor engine before reaching his beautiful crescendos.

“Luther was the greatest, because he started out in the business as a background singer, so his sessions were always so much fun. He always had the greatest background singers,” said Darlene Love

A person with diabetes is at higher risk than others for stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. As with many of the health problems associated with diabetes, higher-than-normal blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are factors. For those with diabetes, the important thing to do when it comes to reducing stroke risk is to keep blood sugars within the target range.

I remember that Luther complained of having severe headaches for several days prior to his stroke. You can say that life got in the way of his health when he had the stroke because he was preparing to release two albums, “Dance With My Father” and “Live From Radio City” as well as redecorating his New York City at the time. With so much going on, I don’t think he was really paying attention to any of the warning signs.

According to the American Stroke Association’s website, “A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot [ischemic stroke] or bursts [hemorrhagic stroke]. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die.”

Strokes happen suddenly and require immediate medical attention. Treatment within 60 minutes of the first symptoms often leads to a good prognosis. Unfortunately, several hours passed after his stroke before he was able to receive treatment.

If deprived of oxygen for more than a few minutes, brain cells begin to die. The longer the stroke lasts, the greater the damage to the brain.

Here are some common warning signs for a stroke:

Numbness or weakness in one leg, arm or side of the face

Difficulty walking or keeping balance, or extreme dizziness

Confusion or difficulty talking or understanding others

Double vision

Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are a form of mini-stroke. The symptoms are the same as for a full-blown stroke, but they don’t last as long — often only a few minutes to an hour. TIAs are warning signs that a bigger stroke could follow.

After Luther suffered a stroke in 2003, he stopped making public appearances — but amazingly managed to continue his recording career. In 2004, he captured four Grammys as a sentimental favorite, including best song for the bittersweet “Dance With My Father.”

Vandross, who was in a wheelchair at the time, delivered a videotaped thank you.

“Remember, when I say goodbye it’s never for long,” said a weak-looking Vandross. “Because” — he broke into his familiar hit — “I believe in the power of love.”

LISTEN NOW: Tribute to Luther Vandross podcast hosted by Mr. Divabetic

Dr. Monique Renee Rolle joins us on Diabetes Late Nite

January 30, 2016 by

TAM.001Join us on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 6-7 PM, EST for Diabetes Late Nite podcast we’re tackling one of the biggest dilemmas facing divas with diabetes: how to find sexy shoes that won’t harm your feet!with our newest game, Which Shoe Do you Do?

Our special guest, Dr. Monique Renee Rolle from Lansdowne Podiatry advises, “Choose styles with roomy toe boxes and heels no higher than 2 inches. Icy mornings can mean slick pavement so be sure your shoes provide good ankle support and soles that won’t send you sliding. If boots are your fashion footwear of choice this season, make sure they have good arch support to keep pressure off toes and heels.”

Dr. Rolle completed her rigorous four-year surgical training at New York Hospital of Queens in Flushing, New York–an affiliate of the Weill Cornell Medical College of Columbia University. Her interests include diabetic limb salvage and reconstructive foot surgery. She is a Board Qualified physician by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery. Dr. Rolle is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association.

Throughout February’s podcast we will be playing selected songs from Tamar Braxton’s latest album, “Calling All Lovers” courtesy of SONY MUSIC.

Vibe Magazine’s Diamond Hillyer reviewed the album and said, “She (Tamar Braxton) meticulously strings the highs, lows and every in-between of love, sex and relationships through the project’s sequence Merging piano-laced ballads, SWV-sampled nostalgia and impassioned tales, “Calling All Lovers” is the bae-worthy opus you’ve been craving.”

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

Tune in to February’s Diabetes Late Nite hosted by Mr. Divabetic

Tamar Braxton’s sister, Traci is a ‘Divabetic’

January 29, 2016 by

quotesJA.003We’re spotlighting the music from Tamar Braxton’s “Calling All Lovers” album on our upcoming Diabetes Late Nite podcast scheduled for Tuesday, February, 2, 2016, 6-7 PM.

Although Tamar Braxton has faced multiple health issues in recent months, she is not living with diabetes. However she does have a family history of it. Her older sister, Traci Braxton has type 2 diabetes. She was in denial about her condition for quite awhile until her weight gain became noticeable.

According to Traci, it was her sisters who first confronted her about her weight. Admittedly, she was less-than-pleased about her intervention moment. “I really wanted to punch them in the face,” Traci revealed. “But my sisters were exactly right. They saw me gaining weight… I developed diabetes, high blood pressure and I was in denial.”

After facing the truth, she made several lifestyle changes to get her health back on track. “I had to really change my eating habits and it’s [still] a struggle.”

“On my mom’s side, there are amputees and I didn’t want that. I have a son and I want to be around long enough to see my grandkids.”

Since being diagnosed with diabetes, Traci has experienced a 64 pound weight loss. According to News One on Dec. 30, 2013, the star claims that dieting was not easy for her, but she had to do it for herself, and her family.

“I have a trainer here in Maryland. He’s great. He makes sure I don’t eat the wrong things, “ Traci told Cocoa Fab. “He’s in my face all day long. That’s crazy because sometimes I do want a piece of bread. When I partake in that he makes me work out even harder.”

Traci Braxton urges women to realize that diet pills are not the answer. She said you should definitely consult a doctor before taking any medication, over the counter or otherwise.

“You have to go to the doctor because me being borderline diabetic now and I have to take medication,” Traci Braxton says. “I could kill myself. You can actually kill yourself taking these medications because it [diet pills] doesn’t mix with your medication.”

“Being a Borderline diabetic as Traci Braxton said is like being borderline pregnant! It’s impossible!,” says Mr. Divabetic. “I’m not a doctor but I have read enough research to believe that there’s no such thing as a ‘borderline’ diabetic. I think this term ‘borderline’ is used to soften the blow of being told you’re living with diabetes. However, it’s very misleading and can be very harmful. Everyone living well with diabetes will tell you that you can’t ignore it, you have to manage it. Pretending that you don’t have it won’t make it go away it will only make it worse. I prefer using the term ‘pre-diabetes’ because it’s not simplifying a very complicated condition like diabetes. It implies that you have a diagnosis of diabetes but that you still have an opportunity to change it.”

Although looking good is always a motivation, Traci admits that her health was the main reason for wanting to get in better shape.

“I’m diabetic and I’m controlling it with my diet. I don’t want to be on medication or insulin for the rest of my life,” she admits. “On my mom’s side, there are amputees and I didn’t want that. I have a son and I want to be around long enough to see my grandkids.”

TUNE IN: Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Tamar Braxton on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 6 7- PM, EST. Mr. Divabetic encourages you to support the ‘Spare A Rose, Save A Child’ campaign.

How Much Sugar is in Kellogg’s Raisin Bran®?

January 28, 2016 by

Raisin Bran.001Yikes! There are 19 gram of sugar in 1 cup of Kellogg’s Raisin Bran®. There are 10 cups of cereal in one 18.2 ounce box which means that there are 47 teaspoons of sugar in the entire box!

The Kellogg’s website boasts that the classic, delicious balance of crispy, wheat bran flakes and plump, juicy raisins never ceases to make morning amazing. I think it would be more accurate to say make morning’s ‘harmful’ since the American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons and men no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugars per day.

Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® is packed with raisins covered in sugar. Add that to the three forms of sugar in the flakes — corn syrup, HFCS, and invert sugar — and you’ve got a serious sugar buzz in the making.

You have a daily energy need — the amount of calories (or energy units) your body needs to function and provide energy for your activities. Think of your daily energy need as a budget. You’d organize a real budget with “essentials” (things like rent and utilities) and “extras” (such as vacation and entertainment). In a daily calorie budget, the essentials are the minimum number of calories you need to meet your nutrient needs.

A lot of people scratching their heads saying, “but Raisin Bran contains fiber!” Okay, here’s the information from the nutrition facts panel:

Fiber – 7 grams. Very good, that’s almost 30% of the daily minimum.

Sugar – 19 grams. That’s a lot – almost 5 teaspoon’s worth! For comparison, sugary kids’ cereals such as Fruit Loops contain only 12 grams.

So how much fiber comes from the raisins? Each ounce contains approximately 15 raisins, or 30 raisins per serving. According to the USDA, 50 raisins provide just 1 gram of fiber and contain 15 grams of sugar. So the thirty raisins in your bowl are 9 grams of sugar (2 teaspoons equivalent) and less than 1 gram of fiber.

While the Nutrition Facts panel is a great way to help you determine the overall nutritional values of certain foods, GDAs (Guideline Daily Amounts) are a front-of-the-box snapshot of the most important nutrients found in each Kellogg’s cereal box.

GDAs are not new recommendations or standards for the way you should eat. Instead, they’re simply a new way to look at and think about Daily Values, which are reference amounts set by the government and based on current advice from public health experts.

Are you surprised to find out how much sugar is in a Kellogg’s Raisin Bran® box? #divabetic

Watch News Yorkers choose between a Yoplait yogurt, Nature Valley granola bar and 7-11 Beef and Cheese combo pack on Serve, Taste or Trash! Food Game. You might be surprised by the results.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite podcast with musical inspiration from Tamar Braxton. We’re talking about type 2 diabetes, the best rose wines and sexy shoes that won’t hurt your feet!

The Best Rosé Wine on February’s Diabetes Late Nite

January 27, 2016 by


Mr. Divabetic talks with Harlem EatUp! wine & food expert, Samantha Shaken Baker about Rosé wine on February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast on Tuesday, February 2, 2o16, 6-7 PM, EST.

although US retailers have been reporting record sales of Rosé wine, stretching outside summer months and including more diverse styles,  it’s still considered to be the most commonly misunderstood varietal.

Many people think that Rosé is created by mixing white and red wine. In most countries mixing white and red wine is strictly forbidden under law, except for Champagne (this is the only appellation that allows such blending).

Rosés are actually produced using red grape varieties. The juice inside the grape berries is clear — the skins are the part of the grape that give the wine it’s color.

Rosé may also be made as a by-product of red wines. This process is called saignée (French for bleed). The grapes are crushed and during the maceration process, the winemaker will take away or bleed off some of the liquid. This paler juice will then be made into a Rosé and the remainder into a red.

One unique characteristic about Rosé is that it often appeals to both red and white wine drinkers. A bottle of Rosé is the perfect choice to bring to your next dinner party, especially if you don’t know if your host prefers red or white.

Wine like any type of alcohol can make blood glucose too high or too low for those with diabetes.

If your diabetes is under good management, you may have a moderate amount of alcohol – one drink daily, says the American Diabetes Association (ADA). One drink is a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1-1/2 ounces of liquor. If you have type 1 diabetes and you’re not overweight, this serving would be an addition to your meal plan. If you have type 1 or 2 diabetes and are overweight, any alcohol you drink should be substituted for another food in your meal plan. Ask your registered dietitian and/or certified diabetes educator for help.

TUNE IN: February’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast inspired by Tamar Braxton featuring Poet Lorraine Brooks, Dr. Monique Renee Rolle, Catherine Schuller AICI, CIP, Mama Rose Marie and the Charlie’s Angels of Outreach. Plus, we’ll be playing our newest podcast game, “Which Shoe Do You Do? sponsored by Earth Brand Shoes with one lucky winner.


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