We are so pleased to present the third annual Diabetes Focus AtoZ guide. This year we focused on Your journey as a person living with diabetes; the first stop being Diagnosis then moving on to the ever-important Treatment and finally the on-going road of Management.
Our hope is that this guide will help you navigate the sometimes turbulent uphills of your journey and be a voice of encouragement and reason, as well as a friend or part of your cheer squad team to celebrate with when you are winning at self-management and enjoying the season of good management. As we all know management can fluctuate and that is okay as long as you and your healthcare team continue to strive to reach your individualised targets.
A big thank you to our two contributors: Dr Angela Murphy, a specialist physician with a special interest in endocrinology, and Tammy Jardine, registered dietitian and diabetes educator. With their expert knowledge and personal experiences with diabetes, this guide is filled with up-to-date information and sound advice.
May this AtoZ Your Journey guide ease your journey as a person living with diabetes.
From the publishing team
Dr Angela Murphy qualified as a specialist physician in 2000 and joined the Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
Currently she sees patients at Sunward Park Medical Centre. She retains a special interest in endocrinology and a large part of her practice is diabetes and obesity.
Dr Murphy is a member of the Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism of South Africa and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. She is actively involved in diabetes patient education. Living with diabetes in the family for 17 years has shown her that knowledge is power. Basic principles in diabetes must always be applied but people living with diabetes should also be introduced to innovations in treatment and technology which may help their diabetes journey.
Tammy Jardine is a qualified diabetes educator and a registered dietitian. Living with diabetes for over 15 years means that she knows first-hand how difficult it can be to achieve and maintain optimal blood glucose control with good lifestyle habits. She believes that diabetes affects every person differently and takes the time to understand how it’s affecting the individual and to help them manage it effectively. With more than 20 years of experience working as a dietitian in the UK and SA, she has a passion for helping people live a better and happier life with good food. Tammy currently works from Wilgeheuwel hospital.