Welcome to the 2018 summer issue of Diabetes Focus eMag

Dear members and friends,

Diabetes Month is the month of November and 14th November is World Diabetes Day. The Blue Monument Challenge was launched in 2007 to mark the first United Nations observed World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is held to honour all who suffer from the condition; those who have died prematurely due to the condition; and on the most part to create awareness.

Blue is the official colour for diabetes and since then more than 1000 iconic sites and buildings, in 84 countries, are lit up in blue to raise diabetes awareness on World Diabetes Day and in the weeks leading up to the day.

Some of the sites and buildings lit up in blue include: Empire State Building; Belfast City Hall; Brisbane City Hall; Sears Tower; Blackpool Tower, Niagara Falls, CN Tower; Sydney Opera House; The London Eye and Table Mountain.

I am very excited to announce that Voortrekker Monument will go blue this year! It will be lit up in blue for the month of November and Table Mountain will be lit up on World Diabetes Day.

2019 will mark DSA’s 50th anniversary and to celebrate, we have refreshed our logo. We will be phasing it in on all our branding material in the coming months.

We have not changed the old logo too much, but have incorporated the Global Unite for Diabetes blue circle around our old logo. With the stats for diabetes continuing to rise at an alarming rate, it is important for government, corporates, funding organisations and pharmaceutical companies to unite with us to tackle the diabetes pandemic. The new logo gives us a fresh new look and energy to push forward with our objectives and we hope you will like it.

Many of you have been enquiring about becoming members of DSA over the last year. After some delay, we are at last able to offer you memberships with benefits.

It is with great excitement that we re-launch our memberships now with the option of two tiers. Please go on to our membership tab on the DSA website to see the details of what we are offering.

We do hope you will join our membership family. We are planning on adding further exciting benefits over the next months to the ones already on offer.


Please take care of yourselves and your families over the festive season. It is good to celebrate but still to keep your diabetes control in mind and not go overboard.

Yours in Health



Margot Mc Cumisky
National Manager – Diabetes South Africa

The flexible family

One of your family members has diabetes, but in a way, the whole family has diabetes

World Stroke Day 2018

  For more information go to www.heartfoundation.co.za or find us on Facebook @HeartStrokeSA or on Twitter

Type 1.5 diabetes – a new diagnosis?

Dr Angela Murphy tells us about Type 1.5 diabetes, commonly known as latent autoimmune diabetes. Mrs

My family support

Aiden Nel, a teenager with Type 1 diabetes, tells us the highlights and challenges of the support

The PMB Review and NHI: healthcare funding unfolding

In the fourth and last article of a series aimed to empower patients on their rights

Potatoes – good for heart health

We look at the nutritional facts and health benefits of potatoes, especially for heart health, and

Signs and symptoms of low glucose levels

Four people living with diabetes tells Barbara Chinyerere what they experience during hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose

Highlights from EASD 2018

Dr Louise Johnson gives us a brief overview of what was presented at the European Association

Coconut oil – is it what it is set out to be?

The claimed health benefits of coconut products are in abundance, but how much of this information

The Tshwane Insulin Project

Prof Paul Rheeder tells us more about the five-year research programme, the Tshwane Insulin Project (TIP).

Latest news from our branches

PORT ELIZABETH BRANCH Happy 90thbirthday Jean At our September Diabetes Wellness meeting, held in the Caritas

Screen for life – know your score

We hear why diabetic retinopathy screening, Screen for life, is so important for diabetes patients. Modern

Understanding the steps to diabetes self-management

We explore ways to help you learn and implement self-management practices. The diagnosis of diabetes If

Managing your diabetes at your matric dance

One of the biggest highlights of the Grade 12 year is the matric dance. Finding the

How is diabetes a family affair?

There is a saying, “When one person feels better, the whole family situation improves”, Noy Pullen

The Johannesburg Council Chambers goes blue for WDD

In a call to action and effort to mobilise South Africans to take charge of their

Afro-soul artist, Candy Tsamandebele, speaks about her diabetes

Candy Tsamandebele, South African award-winning afro-soul artist and songwriter, tells us how she lives with Type 2

Albany Bread-A-Betix Super Citrus Chicken Sarmie

INGREDIENTS 2 slices Albany Bread-A-Betix Low G.I. White Bread For the citrus mayo: 60ml mayo 5ml

In sickness and in health – Graham and Yolandi

We speak to married couple, Graham and Yolandi Chamberlain, about how diabetes works in their relationship

Be fabulite this summer for World Diabetes Day 

With this year's theme for World Diabetes Day being diabetes and the family, we, at Parmalat,


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