Archive for May 15th, 2012

Reese Witherspoon Resists Reese’s Pieces So Can You!

May 15, 2012

Diva vs. DessertIn the age old battle of the bulge it seems like superstar divas are much better than the rest of us at fighting off temptations.  In this Diva Vs. Dessert duel,  Reese Witherspoon seems to be able to resist Reese’s Pieces with ease. What’s her secret?

Reese Witherspoon makes exercising and eating right a way of life. “I work out all the time anyway just to stay healthy. I don’t believe in crash dieting or anything like that,” she recently told Us Weekly.

She stays motivated by having a fitness buddy. She and husband Jim Toth run together and she also hikes with her dog — pretty smart since studies show that  dog owner walk more.

Reese also makes a point to change up her fitness routine. Besides going to both yoga and spin classes, Reese likes to get creative! The actress is a fan of YogaHop, which incorporates yoga poses with hip-hop, rock, and pop music.#divavsdessert

TUNE IN: Diva TalkRadio – Diabetes Roundtable hosted by Mr. Divabetic and featuring pretty powerful advice nutrition, fitness and diabetes self-care.

Honda’s New Personal Mobility Device: UNI-CUB

May 15, 2012

Honda Motor Co. unveiled the new UNI-CUB personal mobility device, designed for harmony with people. Featuring a compact design and comfortable saddle, UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that a person enjoys while walking.

UNI-CUB features Honda’s proprietary balance control technology and the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system (Honda Omni Traction Drive System). These technologies allow the rider to control speed, move in any direction, turn and stop, all simply by shifting his or her weight. Since the rider can freely move forward, backward, side-to-side and diagonally, he or she can quickly and easily maneuver among other people.

UNI-CUB’s compact saddle-style packaging makes it easy for the rider’s legs to reach the ground and maintains eye-level height with other pedestrians.

Starting in June 2012, Honda will jointly conduct demonstration testing of UNI-CUB with Japan’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.

Diagnosis To Diva: Amy

May 15, 2012

Since 2005, Divabetic has traveled to 18 major US cities presenting original programming.  Our approach to diabetes education and acceptance with a ‘Glam More, Fear Less’ attitude is highly regarded by healthcare providers and patients.  We love to ‘pass the boa’ and spotlight different women living with diabetes around the country on Diva TalkRadio’s ‘Diagnosis To Diva’ segment. Meet Amy:

Amy M.
Status: Type 2 Diva
Diagnosis Date: 3/13/2007
Hometown:  New York City (NY)
Special Member of Amy’s Healthcare Entourage: Dr. Ryvkin (General Practitioner)
Favorite Famous Diva: Patti LaBelle
In Amy’s words: “Since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, I’ve worked hard at being able to control my health. One of my biggest challenges has been turning away from the cakes, cookies and ice cream that I love.  My wish is to help others learn that diabetes is not a death sentence.”

Amazing guests and giveaways. Plus, we review the menu at Red Lobster to be a better eater (not a perfect eater) and find out how well our NYC diva, Amy M, does with a sinking blood glucose level in shark-infested waters!

LISTEN NOW: Diabetes Roundtable

Call 1-347-215-8551 during the show to speak with Mr. Divabetic, Amy or any of our guests. See you on the radio!

Cynthia Nixon Raises Awareness for Rosacea

May 15, 2012

Cynthia NixonAfter struggling with acne for years as a teenager, when Cynthia Nixon began to notice her skin was breaking out again in her 30s, she began using the same methods she used as a teen to fight back: a strict regimen of cleansers, scrubs and astringents. But when those didn’t help — in fact, they made things worse — she began to get frustrated.

Turns out, no matter how many acne products she tried, no cream or beauty treatment was going to work. Nixon had rosacea.

Unlike acne, which is caused by bacteria, rosacea is a chronic vascular condition caused by inflammation. Common symptoms can include facial redness, pimples and eye irritation, and it can even lead to thickened skin and permanent visible blood vessels. Although unpredictable, triggers such as sun exposure, exercise, spicy foods, alcohol and hot and cold weather can aggravate symptoms, according to the National Rosacea Society. Just like was the case for Nixon, rosacea symptoms typically start emerging around age 30 in men and women. However, it can be tough to recognize as symptoms mimic acne, eczema or skin allergies.

It’s estimated that more than 16 million Americans have rosacea, but 78 percent of Americans have no knowledge of the condition, including how to recognize it and what to do about it. That’s why Nixon, who is best known as playing the feisty Miranda Hobbes on “Sex and the City” and is starring in the Broadway play “Wit”, has signed on to star in a new kind of production: a public service announcement that encourages awareness and diagnosis of this skin condition.

For Nixon, receiving the rosacea diagnosis by a dermatologist four years ago was pure relief.

“I was glad it wasn’t acne and that there were very simple things I could do,” she says in a phone interview. “My triggers are things like spicy foods, red wine and hot baths. Now, I don’t never do them, but if I have a shoot or an appearance coming up, I certainly avoid them the night before.”

By Jennipher Walters for

Scary Ingredients Found Processed Foods

May 15, 2012

More than ever before, it seems consumers are demanding to know what’s in their food and why.

“I’m beginning to see now that consumers are pushing back,” Michael Doyle, Ph.D., director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia, tells The Huffington Post. “They want more transparency. Pink slime was a great example. It wasn’t whether the food was safe or not but, ‘Hey, they’re putting ammonia in my ground beef, and I don’t like that.'”

Understandable, considering ammonia is usually associated with household cleaners or fertilizers. But not liking ammonia in ground beef is entirely different from ammonia in ground beef hurting our health.

That said, the health concerns “may be moot,” HuffPost blogger and director of the Yale Prevention Research Center David Katz, M.D., writes. “If people don’t like the idea of eating it, it will go away.”

This power of the public to make changes to Big Food has been largely fueled by blogs and social media, says Doyle. “Foodies and people who are maybe more purists in their food are more concerned, spending more time on the blogs,” he says. “They use the blogs to get their perspective out and put pressure on the retailers, who put pressure on the processors.”

Consumer safety organizations are also putting pressure on food processors. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling for improved food policies that promote sustainable food and changes to the food industry, according to executive director and HuffPost blogger Michael F. Jacobson, who noted that pink slime was a wake-up call to many Americans. “And they clearly didn’t like what they saw,” he writes.

But before big changes happen, there are likely to be more stomachs turned over other ingredients. “I want to say to people, if you were grossed out by pink slime, there’s more to come,” CSPI staff attorney Sarah Klein told

“In pink slime, we are looking at a product that is unsavory, but not unsafe — we don’t have any evidence to suggest the ammonia treatment is dangerous,” Klein said. “But the public outcry over this has illustrated a couple things: consumers want to know what’s in their food, and the USDA needs to take a much closer look at labeling — not just of ground beef, but of all labeling.”

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