Divabetic Celebrates ‘Milestones’ with Billie Holiday

March 28, 2015 by


April’s Diva Inspiration, Billie Holiday made her first Carnegie Hall appearance as a headliner on March 27, 1948. Mr. Divabetic looks back this jazz icon’s life and and discusses ‘milestones’  related to diabetes self-care  on April’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast.

Her sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall was an amazing milestone for Billie Holiday, who was born April 7, 1915, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years before she lost her battle with substance abuse

In March 1948, Billie Holiday, who had been released from prison on a drug charge only days earlier, was performing in public for the first time in nearly a year.  She was unable to get the necessary license to play in cabarets and clubs because of her conviction, however, she could still perform at concert hall venues like Carnegie Hall.

Anticipation was high for her Carnegie performance: The concert sold out a week in advance, and several hundred additional seats were added.

Although Holiday was so nervous backstage that she pricked herself while pinning a gardenia in her hair, the performance was a triumphant comeback.

According to the New York Amsterdam News, the high point was her rendition of “Strange Fruit” in the second half “with the hall in complete darkness and a single spotlight etching her face.”

While her hard living was taking a toll on her voice, Billie Holiday continued to tour and record in the 1950s. She began recording for Norman Granz, the owner of several small jazz labels, in 1952. Two years later, Holiday had a hugely successful tour of Europe.

 Billie Holiday also caught the public’s attention by sharing her life story with the world in 1956. Her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues (1956), was written in collaboration by William Dufty. Some of the material included, however, must be taken with a grain of salt.  Billie Holiday was in rough shape when she worked with Dufty on the project, and she claimed to have never read the book after it was finished.

We will be playing selected songs from the Billie Holiday Centennial Collection courtesy of SONY Music on April’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6-7 PM, EST. Hosted by Mr. Divabetic.

LISTEN NOW: March’s Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Carrie Underwood

Iggy Azalea’s Dangerous Curves: Illegal Butt Injections!

March 27, 2015 by


“I did change something, said Rapper Iggy Azalea. “I got bigger boobs!”

But those aren’t the new ‘curves’ that most women like talk show, Wendy Williams are wondering about on her body.  Women are obsessed with Azalea’s alleged butt implants which are on full display in her video for the song “Booty” with her idol Jennifer Lopez.

Iggy has denied having any surgery on her shapely derriere, saying ‘Everything is mine’.

And it doesn’t seem to matter whether or not Azalea’s butt is real or not because the controversy along with pop culture’s obsession on women’s backsides has led more women to change their shapes.

Unfortunately many women are going to extreme lengths and doing crazy things to achieve Azalea’s curves.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that buttock augmentation with fat grafting procedures, also known as the ‘Brazilian Butt Lift’, are becoming more and more popular and giving rise to a large number of illegal injections.

It’s easier to understand why when you compare prices of the two options: a $10,000 buttocks augmentation procedure performed by a plastic surgeon or $200 shots of silicone and other chemicals administered by unlicensed individuals in motel rooms, basements and garages.

For those who have chosen the latter, doctors have seen everything from kitchen oil to cement to crazy glue being used. The injections have always been illegal. The results were quick and dramatic, which attracted even more customers, but after about 10 years the synthetic substances tend to migrate to other regions in the body and can cause irreparable damage, even death. Some women are living with lifelong deformities.

For the record there are no legal buttock injections in the United States. Board-certified plastic surgeons perform autologous (your own) fat injections using liposuction, and then inject, contour and sculpt your fat back into your buttocks. Any other form of injection like the one below is dangerous and can lead to severe complications.

Yesterday in the news a Dallas woman was arrested for allegedly administering to patients illegal cosmetic procedures — butt injections — without a medical license, according to police.

According to the arrest affidavit,  a “patient” agreed to pay $520 for the first butt injection session. At the appointment, Denise Rochelle Ross allegedly injected a substance into one buttock and her accomplice Jimmy Joe Clark allegedly injected it into the other, but they were vague about what they were doing when they explained the procedure, the affidavit alleges.

The patient “felt intense pain and was told to be quiet after screaming in agony,” the affidavit says. Afterward, Ross and Clark allegedly closed the injection holes with super glue and cotton balls to keep any of the liquid from coming out. They gave the patient two tubes of the glue to take home.

Dr. Scot Glasberg, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said illegal cosmetic procedures are on the rise among people hoping for a Kim Kardashian rear end while looking to save money.

They can be harmful because often they’re not done with medical-grade silicon, but rather with the type of silicon used in construction. The most common side effects of these underground procedures are pain from scar tissue and infection, but sometimes the patient experiences excessive bleeding or the injectable material travels through the blood stream to the lungs, he said.

“If you walk into a garage or a basement or a dimly lit little room somewhere, your natural instinct should be to walk away, to run away,” Glasberg said. “The downside of a little saving on cost is, potentially, your life.”

When it comes to your body, you should not choose a surgeon by who is the cheapest or have something injected just because it is easy even if it’s in your butt!

LISTEN NOW: March’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring music by Carrie Underwood

Is Grazing Better for Your Blood Sugars?

March 26, 2015 by


Are you wondering if it’s better for you to eat  ‘3 meals a day’ versus ‘5 -6  smaller meals’ to manage your diabetes?

Experts agree that there are huge individual differences in how we respond to food, and no one  strategy- works for everyone.  Blindly following “conventional wisdom” or the latest diets seen on the morning talk shows isn’t a solution. The best way to begin managing your food intake and blood sugars is to pay attention to your individual differences when it comes to weight loss. There’s no ‘quick fix’ that’s going to work every time, all the time.

Past medical studies have found that grazing can lead to lower levels of insulin in people without diabetes as well as lower blood levels of cholesterol. But when it comes to weight loss in people with diabetes, a new study suggests than grazing may not be all that it’s cracked up to be.

The study, presented at the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions late last month in Chicago, looked at adults with Type 2 diabetes over 12 weeks. According to an article at NBC News  each participant was assigned to a meal plan that cut his or her daily caloric intake by 500 calories. Some participants, though, had this food spread over six small meals, while others received only two larger meals each day: breakfast and lunch. At the end of the 12 weeks, both groups had lost weight. But the two-meal group had lost more weight than the six-meal group, as measured by body-mass index (BMI).

The common belief is that if you choose to eat every two hours then it virtually guarantees that your insulin is going to go up five times a day instead of, say, three.

“For many people, that means more hunger not less. Insulin is not only the “fat storage” hormone, it’s also the “hunger” hormone,” says Jonny Bowden PhD, CNS.

Jillian Michaels agrees,”When you’re constantly eating, you’re consistently releasing insulin, which puts your body into its “absorptive phase.” Basically what this means is that the insulin in your body is storing sugar — and not letting other enzymes in your body release sugar to break down fat. The goal is for your body to be in “postabsorptive phase,” where it uses your energy stores for sustenance, and burns more fat.”

When you have three, well-balanced meals a day, it’s easy to keep count of all of the calories you’re consuming and it’s much easier to nutritionally balance your meals.

This may why “Three meals a day”- each with a beginning and an end- is making a comeback as a weight loss strategy. Celebrity nutritionist JJ Virgin, PhD,  advocates eating three meals a day, the first meal within an hour of waking up and the last meal at least three hours before bed. And recent research has demonstrated- at least in rats- that “intermittent fasting” actually has some major health benefits.

So if three meals and two snacks works for you, great. Keep it up and carry on! But if it’s not working, don’t assume it’s because there’s something wrong with you. It just might be that you need to try a different strategy.

And three meals a day- each with a beginning and an end point, and with no “snacking” in between- might be one technique worth trying.

Do you live in Philadelphia? Get the help you need to manage your blood sugars beautifully at our free monthly Divabetic Club meetings presented at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Details at: divabetic.org

LISTEN NOW: March’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring music by Carrie Underwood

We’re Celebrating ‘Everyday Milestones’ In April

March 25, 2015 by


In April, we’re celebrating ‘EVERYDAY MILESTONES’ related to music, life and love with diabetes.

It’s been ten years since Luther Vandross‘s death due to diabetes health-related complications.

His sudden and unexpected passing in 2005 taught me a valuable life lesson; that every moment in life is precious and worth celebrating. You never know what might be around the corner so taking time to celebrate the small victories along the way has made the whole experience of working in diabetes outreach so worthwhile for me.

For the past four years I have made it a habit to call or e-mail every guest after our live Divabetic broadcasts to thank them for participating on the program. Our conversations run the gamut from giggling over an unexpected situation that happened during the show and applauding each other’s comments to exchanging ideas for future programs and sharing new resources. Each of these conversation gives me an  opportunity to reflect on what we’ve accomplished  as a team and express my gratitude to everyone for their involvement.  It’s proven to be very  life-affirming for me to take a minute and acknowledge this type of everyday occasion rather than wait around for one of life’s ‘big moments’ like a wedding or the birth of a baby to happen.

Thankfully something ‘big’ did happen this year at Divabetic. We’re celebrating the ten year anniversary of our Divabetic website and I couldn’t be happier.  Our web designer, Susan McCaslin  brought our ‘new attitude’ of living with diabetes to life online with her colorful upbeat design and in turn helped us to inspire the lives of thousands of people with diabetes worldwide.

To be perfectly honest when I stop and  consider how we started and where we are today – the whole Divabetic journey  is humbling to me. I never could have imagined that a tragic event like Luther’s stroke could be a catalyst for so many wonderful and amazing opportunities in my life. And ten years later it still makes my day when I receive messages from women from as far away as Australia who fondly refer to themselves as ‘Divabetics’ along with pictures of themselves wearing our t-shirts. And Facebook messages like this:

“I just came across this site and am grateful for it. My family history is very strong with type 2 diabetes, my grandfather, my father and 4 of 6 siblings so far, God Bless you and I will go over all of the information and share.”

From my very first Divabetic t-shirt I sold with my mom in Columbia, SC  to presenting ‘Divabetic – Makeover Your Diabetes’ programs at the Paramount Studios in Los Angeles I have throughly enjoyed every minute of making diabetes education and empowerment dazzle.

What makes you smile? What makes you feel lighter, just thinking about it? There’s millions of moments that are happening today, not tomorrow worth celebrating.

Mike Robbins, the bestselling author of Focus on the Good Stuff and Be Yourself says, “Sometimes the best thing for us to celebrate is the mere fact that we’ve made it to this point in life, especially if things have been challenging.”

What isn’t challenging about living with diabetes? For many of us, we get so caught up in the day-to-day stresses and struggles of juggling a family, career and diabetes that we don’t stop and celebrate milestones like living without a diabetes health-related complication or achievements ranging from maintaining a weight loss to understanding how to use an insulin pump!

We often forget what we are achieving is incredible. We all do this, whether it’s training to for a 6K race, lowering an A1C, renovating an apartment or achieving a career goal.

It’s time to acknowledge your achievements even if you don’t think they are huge or life changing. They all have a level of significance to your life.

Oprah Winfrey says, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

With that celebration spirit in mind, check out Happiness coach and author Andrea Reiser‘s 34 non-birthday, non-anniversary, non-holiday occasions to consider celebrating with your family.

Keep your house a home and learn how to prevent a diabetes health-related complication from occurring. Tune in to Divabetic’s free monthly podcasts to hear diabetes expert advice along with music from today’s biggest artists courtesy of SONY Music.

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Carrie Underwood

Patti LaBelle Shines on Dancing with The Stars Recap

March 24, 2015 by


This week our favorite ‘divabetic’ aka Miss Patti LaBelle  was serving up a healthy dose of  ‘diva’ in the second week of ‘Dancing With The Stars.’

Just how many birds had to die to make  her white feathered cape is anyone guess … but who cares? She looked good.

Miss Patti  chose to shake a tail feather to 50 Cent’s ‘In Da Club” with her professional partner Artem Chigvintsev. If you expected her to choose a quiet storm type of song, you’re wrong!

“Whenever I hear the song (‘In Da Club’), it makes me happy,” she said.

But before she could twinkle her toes under the mirrorball she was injured. She turned her knee during rehearsals earlier in the week.

Although Miss Patti’s injury is directly related to her dancing, joint pain and diabetes are closely link. There’s actually a condition called diabetic arthropathy in which diabetes damages joints and causes joint pain. Unlike pain caused by immediate trauma (like Miss Patti experienced), arthropathy happens over time. Charcot’s joint occurs when diabetic nerve damage causes a joint to break down. This condition is most prevalent in the feet and  leads to numbness and loss of feeling. People who walk on numb feet are more likely to twist and injure ligaments without knowing it.

Seconds before she took the on stage, Miss Patti admitted her knee was still hurting, “It feels like it’s broken. I’m scared but this is my song. Nothing’s gonna stop Patti but Patti…!”

With her diva attitude intact and a ton more ostrich feathers than you’ll ever find on ‘Sesame Street’ she hit the floor determined to dance  and kiss away the pain.

Good news, Miss Patti was actually moving and grooving. No one would have ever guessed she was injured judging by the twisting and turning going on and the big grin she had across her face.  Compared to last week’s performance, Miss Patti’s dancing was a revelation.

The judges felt the same way. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba bowed her head after the performance and began worshipping the R & B icon. Carrie Ann’s comments to Miss Patti,”you’ve been holding back on us. This week you got down!” Tough judge, Len Goodman told Miss Patti, “You were like a big white fluffily cloud. You sing with soul and you dance with soul.” Judge Julianne Hough added, “that routine was so much fun!” And the flamboyant judge, Bruno Tonioli told Miss Patti, “I know a Queen B when I see one. So Cookie. So Empire.”

Patti LaBelle received a score of ‘7’ from all of the judges for a total score of 28 out of 40. Patti said, “I’m very happy with the scores.”

Here’s are few highlights on some of our other favorites:

One thing that’s perfectly clear, Suzanne Somers is still a diva at heart. This season she’s living proof that age is nothing but a number. Her routine she proved that she’s still got it goin’ on! Even the judges agreed. Julianne Hough said Suzanne’s routine “was all about the sass. It was awesome.”  Bruno Tonioli said Suzanne was “teasing not sleazy.” And Len Goodman quipped, ‘you’re a 68 year old dancing like an 18 year old.”

Suzanne’s outfit was totally ‘divabetic’ delicious too. Her hot pink fringe dress with leopard trim showed off her fabulous legs. After Suzanne finished the routine she told co-host Erin, “I want all the women watching who are my age to know it’s not about your age. It’s about your energy!” We love the fact that she’s using her appearance on the show as an opportunity to show that you can gracefully age without pills or surgery.

Rumor Willis with a wink and smile performed to Adele’s “Rumor Has It.” Julianne said her dance routine was  ‘fearless.’ Bruno said, ‘she’s has an attack of a warrior on a mission. And mission accomplished.” Carrie Ann told Rumor, “what I love the most about you is that you step hard. You step with intention.”

But was Miss Patti LaBelle safe from the elimination?

Yes, she was!

Who was eliminated? RedFoo was eliminated. The performer, producer, actor, host, judge, innovator and fashionista who is one half of LMFAO got the ax on the first week of elimination.

LISTEN NOW: March’s Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Carrie Underwood

How to Get Carrie Underwood’s Country Glow by Yago Jones

March 23, 2015 by


When March’s Diva Inspiration,  Carrie Underwood flew to Los Angeles after making it to the second round of American Idol, it was her first trip on an airplane. Fast-forward to today, and the shy girl who grew up on a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma, has blossomed into one of music’s most glamorous women.   Yago Mo’ J Founder & Makeup Designer of Yagolicious Cosmetics helps you capture Carrie’s ‘Country Glow’ this Spring.

Carrie Underwood loves makeup and admits that she does her own hair and makeup when she’s on tour. “I don’t think I ever have makeup-free days.”

She likes the “normal and natural” look. “I’ve always loved Reese Witherspoon.  Any time I’ve ever talked to her, she’s just super sweet,” she says. “She just looks kind of like that all-American girl, you know?”

Yagoclicious  Cosmetics founder and Beauty Expert Yago Jones offers these GLAM MORE FEAR LESS tips on how to get Superstar Carrie Underwood‘s Country Glow:

Yago’s Beauty Tip: Spring into Easter with a southern blushing glow in “V”  form, cheek to lip
Yago’s Beauty Tool Recommendation: Create strobes of highlights by using a bronzer along side the apple of your cheekbone. Choose a blush thats close in coloration of your inner cheek to create a natural southern glow. Apply a shimmery powder with gold or iridescent pink flecks to your temples with a complimenting gloss over your lipstick.
Carrie admits that her daily beauty rituals boost her confidence. “I still want to feel good about myself even as I’m just bopping around the house taking care of baby.”

Carrie Underwood loves to feel beautiful when she’s working out too. She recently launched her own active lifestyle apparel, Calia available  at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Carrie’s clothing line aims to blend together an active women’s need for functional attire and desire to showcase personality through the sophisticated design, look and feel of the clothing.

“I like to run, and I’ll do body weight stuff: push-ups, squats, lunges, pull-ups. I have a trainer [Erin Oprea] who I work with a couple of times a week. It makes my workouts on my own better because I understand proper form.”

The longtime vegetarian avoids fast food entirely. “I definitely notice a difference since I stopped eating foods like greasy fried chicken. I also never knew how much dairy can mess with your skin; my cystic acne really cleared up after I stopped eating it. I’m still learning the ins and outs of what I can and can’t eat, but so far I’m loving it. And of course, drinking a lot of water helps too. ”

BUY NOW: Yagolicious Cosmetics features color palettes designed and inspired by the origin of Yago, theater and pop culture.

LISTEN NOW: March’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring music by Carrie Underwood. Carrie inspires Mr. Divabetic and his guest to discuss the topic, ‘Keeping The Faith’ with diabetes.


Don’t Eat Any Foods Your Grandmother Didn’t Eat

March 22, 2015 by
Divabetic Club

Divabetic Club

“Don’t eat any foods your grandmother didn’t eat,” said Amy Corse RD, CDE at Divabetic Club – Philadelphia on Thursday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

My Great-Grandmother never cooked with guar gum, carrageenan, mono- and diglycerides, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, modified food starch, soy lecithin and any number of other ingredients found in today’s processed food. She would never eat cotton, but cottonseed oil is commonplace in all sorts of the “edible foodlike substances” found in supermarkets today. She didn’t have frozen yogurt, McDonald’s or sports drinks.

Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900’s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, food was fresh. Because of the lack of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food.

The key term here, of course, is “food.” We need to make distinctions between real food and “food-like products,” Corse told the members of the Divabetic Club after a healthy cooking demonstration by  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Executive Chef Joseph Mascino.

Food was not yet treated with additives, antibiotics and hormones to help  preserve shelf life.

Some guidelines for improving your diet include:

  • Don’t eat food with more than five ingredients, or with ingredients you can’t pronounce, or that contain high-fructose corn syrup (which serves as a ‘marker’ indicating that the food is highly processed).
  • Eat only food that you have cooked, or could cook.

 Michael Pollan, a  journalism professor at the University of California at Berkeley and author of the bestselling book The Omnivore’s Dilemma advises, “Any processed food can be changed overnight to correspond with food fads. You can even rejigger bread along Atkins lines.” So the “loudest foods in the market” he said, are processed foods, touting their nutritional virtues via a $42 billion marketing industry, while “these poor whole foods just sit there silently.”

Our grandparents did not fall victim to fad diets, food marketing, calorie counting, and other detrimental dieting habits that are popular today (in part because the marketing infrastructure didn’t exist yet). Because of this they had a healthy metabolism, and ate according to their body’s needs and cravings.

 REGISTER NOW: Divabetic’s Mothers & Daugthers Tea with Special Guests Catherine Schuller and Yago Jones on Saturday, May 30, 2015. FREE. 1-800-JEFF-NOW

LISTEN NOW: March’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast featuring music by Carrie Underwood

Sam Smith Slims Down by Latching On to Paleo Diet

March 21, 2015 by


Singer Sam Smith says he has lost 14 pounds in 14 days due to nutritional therapist and “Eat. Nourish. Glow”author, Amelia Freer.

“Three weeks ago I met a woman who has completely changed my life. Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in 2 weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food,” the Grammy-winning singer wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Everyone go check out her incredible book, and start to live healthy. It’s not even about weight loss it’s about feeling happy in yourself. Love you Amelia & thank you for making me feel so happy inside and out @ameliafreer #eatnourishglow”

Amelia Freer trained as a nutritional therapist after personal struggles with her own health, where she discovered first-hand how what we eat can transform our lives.

She has been credited with Boy George’s recent and astounding weight loss.

“Working with Amelia changed my relationship with food, and in turn altered my relationship with myself and my work,” says Boy George.

Amelia Freer said she doesn’t “advocate diets.”

Instead, she proposes 10 principles by which to live, including tips such as cutting out processed foods and sugar, stocking the refrigerator with fresh produce and lean proteins and creating one healthy habit at a time to avoid failure.

“So for me the key is about it being real, getting back in the kitchen, cooking from scratch, making sure they are not relying on junk processed convenience food,” Freer said.

In her first book, “Eat, Nourish, Glow”  she  gently guides through how to detox your store cupboards and restock with alternatives, how to understand the differences between good and bad fats, the dangers of hidden sugar in the food we eat and how to dump the wheat (one of the demons!) from your diet. Her ideas are all backed up by the latest findings in the field of nutrition and neuroscience.

Amelia also includes a selection of recipes, from  breakfast alternatives, such as Almond, Apricot and Rose Yogurt, light lunch ideas such as Crunchy Crab Salad and dinners such as Monkfish with a Broccoli and Ginger Mash (sounds interesting).

Sam Smith has also been dialing up his workout routine, and on Wednesday he posted a photo of himself surrounded by free weights, writing, “Gym is kicking my ass today.”

Smith has been vocal about his struggle to lose weight in the past. He posted on Instagram a photo of chubby younger self from elementary school and joked that he was the “vision of health.”

And during one of the “Stay With Me” singer’s Grammy  Awards acceptance speeches, he said: “Before I made this record I was doing everything to try and get my music heard, I tried to lose weight and I was making awful music.”

Now, Smith is restarting his diet. “It’s not even about weight loss it’s about feeling happy in yourself,” he posted in Instagram.

WATCH NOW: Mr. Divabetic explains the Paleo Diet on What’s Fresh https://youtu.be/HO73pSCoEms

TUNE IN: March’s Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Carrie Underwood



Diabetes Late Nite Fans Rejoice Over March’s Podcast!

March 20, 2015 by


It’s amazing what can happen when the Diabetes Late Nite team chooses to ignore age old phrases like  ‘conversations about religion or politics should be avoided.’

“Our ratings when through the roof!,” says the happy healthcare host, Max ‘Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek. “March’s podcast really struck the right chord with our listeners.”

The fast-paced hour long podcast which mixes friendly diabetes education and heartfelt patient testimonials with today’s hottest music courtesy of SONY Music tackled the subject of ‘faith, belief and religion’ on March’s podcast inspired by Carrie Underwood

Many listeners e-mailed Divabetic with messages of gratitude and appreciation. Several shared personal testimonials on how important their faith is when dealing with an unexpected low or high blood sugars including Catherine, from New Orleans.

“I have and love my faith and yes, it does bring hope, joy and love to me in troubled times with my diabetes,” says Catherine.  “I can feel a bit calmer and not so angry at my numbers or the way I am feeling at that time.  I have to say that I pray to God to help me and guide me to a better diabetic life.  I think I am truly blessed as I have had this disease for 46 years (can’t wait till 50) and my eyes are fine and so are my kidneys.  What more can a Divabetic ask for!  Thank you Max, this is a really, really good one.”

“We’re still getting a lot of amazing responses from members our community like Catherine about how much they enjoyed it,” says Max “Mr. Divabetic’ Szadek. “We have discussed so many topics on our podcast that it never occurred to me that we haven’t talked about faith, religion or God before.”

It might be surprising to learn what really inspired the Diabetes Late Nite team to take on this subject.

“Every podcast is different. Sometimes we pick the theme ahead of time and then work with Jeff James from SONY Music to find the right music and artist. But in this case, the music of our Diva Inspiration for March, Carrie Underwood is the reason why we chose to take on this  topic. A few months ago Jeff sent my producer and I Carrie’s Greatest Hits  album to listen to. What struck me when I first heard it was the number of her songs that deal with faith like “Something In the Water” and “Jesus Take the Wheel. The fact that she and her husband are outspoken about their faith helped inspire me too.”

Two members of the Charlie’s Angeles of Outreach on the Diabetes Late Nite team also share strong religious backgrounds.

“Coincidently after we chose our theme I found out that  Patricia (Addie Gentle) was raised in the church and that Neva (White) worked as a nurse in the church for many years. At the same time I noticed that one of our Divabetic Facebook member named ‘Carrie’ is also very religious so I invited her to be on the show. Everything just fell into place.”

“I’m so proud to partner with SONY Music on Divabetic’s free monthly podcasts. I believe in the power of music,” says Max Szadek. “In March, Carrie Unerwood’s music is what inspired us to talk about a subject that means so much to our members and their diabetes wellness. I’m so glad we did.”

TUNE IN: March’s Diabetes Late Nite inspired by Carrie Underwood

New Ways to Fight Bad Cholesterol

March 19, 2015 by
Mr. Divabetic

Mr. Divabetic

The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic looks at the latest diabetes health and wellness headlines to help you GLAM MORE, FEAR LESS.

Today what’s trending today is news on new treatments that can cut cholesterol by more than 60% according to data in the New England Journal of Medicine. And it’s not just a theory that these treatments from Amgen (AMGN)Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY)  are effective. The studies showed patients getting the injections were 50% less likely to die or have major heart problems.

“It lowered bad cholesterol by a whopping 60 percent, which is really unheard of,” Dr. Daniel Yadegar, a cardiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, told CBS News.

Many people cannot tolerate statins or get enough help from them, so new medicines are badly needed.

The two drugs lower LDL or bad cholesterol more powerfully and in a different way than existing drugs, by blocking PCSK9, a substance that interferes with the liver’s ability to remove cholesterol from the blood.

The drugs are taken as an injection either once a month at higher dose or twice a month at lower dose. Cost could be an issue, with the drugs priced  from $7,000 to $10,000 per patient per year, as opposed statins, which can cost roughly $40 a month.

Side effects also remain a question. There are concerns about how the drugs may impact thinking, confusion and memory — problems the FDA has asked the companies to track.

Two heart experts — Drs. Neil Stone and Daniel Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University in Chicago — wrote in the medical journal that “it would be premature to endorse these drugs for widespread use” until the definitive studies are done in a couple of years.

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