Type 1 diabetes often occurs during childhood, adolescence and teen years, but can start at any time. Type 2 diabetes is less common in children but they can develop it when their insulin is not working properly.

YT1 WARRIORS is Diabetes South Africa’s National Children and Youth Outreach Programme.

It is run by DSA, volunteer moms, young adults and teens. The focus is to assist children and youth who have Type 1 diabetes and their parents. This is done through events, camps, groups, and tools to cope with the challenges of managing diabetes. 

Education on Type 1 diabetes is also presented at schools and through the media.

To find out more, contact DSA and donate or join one of the groups around South Africa. Check out our YT1 Warriors Youth Page on our website to meet some of us and see what we are up to.


People living with diabetes are more likely to use supplements than those without the disease. A good vitamin and mineral supplement can ensure that vitamins and minerals required by the body are present in adequate amounts. 

Supplements should not be used to replace standard diabetes treatment, doing so can put your health at risk. A supplement should also not replace a balanced diet but rather supplement the diet.

It’s important to talk to your doctor before using any supplements. 



Sweeteners are sugar substitutes that  are added to food and provide a sweet taste like that of normal conventional sugar while containing significantly less food energy (kilojoules or calories) than sugar-based sweeteners, making it a zero-calorie or low-calorie sweetener and having no effect on the blood glucose.

Non-nutritive sweeteners are commonly used in sugar-free products which are still sweet, like diet products. Non-nutritive sweeteners, such as aspartame, acesulfame potassium, sucralose, saccharine, stevia, xylitol, and neotame are so popular due to it being approximately 300 to 13 000 times sweeter than sugar but has no nutritional value.

However, consuming sweeteners in excess may lead to diarrhoea, bloating, abdominal discomfort.

Content supplied by Retha Harmse (Registered Dietitian)