Gummy Vites – Sugar-free treats for kids

Gummy Vites is here to help you reduce your child’s exposure to artificial and added sugars through not only foods and drinks, but vitamins as well.

Gummy Vites Everyday Sugar Free Multivitamin is the first ever sugar-free kids multivitamin that contains all the necessary vitamins and minerals without the added sugar to ensure normal growth and development, maintain good health, strengthen immunity and provide the right amount of energy throughout the day. Each gummy contains vitamins C, A, E, D3, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12 and minerals, iodine and zinc.1

Alternatives to artificially sweetened treats

Trying to get your kids to eat their fruit and veggies can be a full-time job. But, it doesn’t have to be. You just need to get creative. There are so many alternatives to artificially sweetened treats like carrot cake naturally sweetened with pineapple and carrots, or pumpkin and butternut blondies.

We, at Gummy Vites, understand the struggle so here are our alternatives to artificially or added sugar sweet treats for kids. You can use fruit, some naturally sweeter veggies (carrots, pumpkin, butternut), fruit juice or dried fruits to sweeten treats for your children. Make sure to use 100% fruit juice and check that the juice doesn’t have any added sugars.

Babies and toddlers are generally happy with a subtler sweet flavour, so fruit or veggies would be suitable for creating sweet treats for them.2

Healthy ice cream

Try our healthy ice cream made by using frozen bananas and cream or coconut cream as the base.

You will need:

  • Frozen bananas (2 large)
  • Cream (250ml) or coconut cream (1 can)
  • High-powered blender
  • Plastic container
  • Freezer
  • Ice-cream scoop

You can always make plain banana flavoured ice cream, but to keep things interesting we suggest trying one of our flavour combinations as the banana flavour can easily be disguised. Here are our different flavours to try:

  • Cocoa (2 Tbsp) and vanilla essence (1 tsp)
  • Blueberries (½ cup) and cinnamon (1 tsp)
  • Peanut butter (2 Tbsp)
  • Mango (1/2 cup) and desiccated coconut (1 Tbsp)

1. Cut, peel and freeze your bananas.
2. Blend the frozen bananas.
3. Add in your chosen flavour (cocoa, berries, peanut butter or mango).
4. If it’s too thick, add a dash of cream or coconut cream. This will add some extra sweetness as well.
5. Store in the freezer in a plastic container until you are ready to serve.
6. Serve it with a sprinkle of your chosen flavour (cocoa, berries, peanut butter, or mango and desiccated coconut) on top.


  1. Gummy Vites Select Sugar Free Multivitamin Professional Information.
  2. A Whiteford, Fruit Sweetened Treats for Kids, 29 September 2021

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Funding for CGM, a game changer for young Bella

Ten-year-old Bella Hawkins was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the tender age of two. Now, with medical scheme funding for a game-changing glucose sensor that attaches to Bella’s upper arm her diabetes management has gone to the next level.

Diagnosing Bella

“Bella Hawkins is one of the youngest patients I have diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes,” says Dr Neville Wellington, a Cape town-based GP with a diabetes speciality. “Bella’s parents had brought her in a few days before we diagnosed her. She had a nappy rash and was passing a lot of urine. At the time, I thought it was a case of thrush,” he explains.

Kerry, Bella’s mom, was seven months pregnant with Bella’s sister, Hayley, at the time. She adds, “We were also potty-training Bella at the time. We noticed that, not only was she going through a large number of nappies, she was also drinking over five litres of water a day from the dispenser attached to our fridge. We realised this as we kept having to refill it.”

Dr Wellington continues, “Two days later, on 30 April 2013, Bella was brought in again as she was really not herself. When I checked her blood glucose levels, they were very high. They should have been less than 7,8mmol/L, however, her blood glucose was at 53 mmol/L. Also, the goal in managing a patient with Type 1 diabetes is to get their HbA1c levels below 6%. When Bella was diagnosed, her HbA1c was at 12,5%.”

“Dr Wellington immediately diagnosed her with Type 1 diabetes. He guided us as to what to do next, putting Bella onto insulin replacement medicine in the form of injectable insulin contained in an easy-to-use pen,” Kerry explains.

Bribery in the form of stick-on tattoos

“For the first few weeks after Bella’s diagnosis, Lance, my husband, and I were both completely numb. We had a little one who was sick and were trying to wrap our heads around this as a lifelong illness. We had to prick her finger every two hours, draw drops of blood onto a test strip, insert this into a blood glucose monitor, wait for the reading, then inject Bella with insulin according to the blood glucose reading.”

“The only way to know what her blood glucose levels were doing was to prick, draw blood and test. We were causing her constant pain that she initially did not understand. We were also trying to understand the impact of everything she ate and drank on her blood glucose and learn to balance her levels with the right amount of insulin throughout the day.”

The first two months, Lance and Kerry injected Bella with insulin every two hours. This meant finger pricks (to extract drops of blood for analysis in a blood glucose monitor) every 40 minutes, before and after injecting with insulin.

“We would have to bribe her with sticker type, press-on tattoos. Eventually Bella was covered in them and looked like a gangster,” Kerry recalls. “Fortunately, Bella soon began to feel better, and this helped to get her buy-in to the process.”

Finding a healthy rhythm as a family

“Over time we were able to reduce the insulin we were giving Bella to five or so injections each day. This was due to lifestyle changes we made as a family, particularly towards healthier eating, with a focus on low-carbohydrate options, as we all followed the same plan. In fact, at seven months pregnant, I lost 7kg of weight. This was weight I needed to lose which I had gained by eating a high sugar and junk food diet. So, we all got healthier,” Kerry explains.

Bella got through pre-school with Kerry checking her insulin levels in the morning and at noon when she fetched her. By the time she went to primary school, Bella had learned to test her own blood glucose levels. She would send a WhatsApp message to her mom with the readings, and then inject the amount of insulin Kerry advised.

“Physical exercise really makes a difference to Bella’s glucose control,” Kerry adds. “On a Monday, she swims at school and its very clear that on Monday night her blood glucose levels are stable. This lasts through the night to the next morning when she wakes up fresh, energetic and hungry.”

“From a parent’s point of view, dealing with Type 1 diabetes in a child takes complete commitment. Children’s food preferences also change week-to-week at times, and we’re always trying to get the healthy food in, in ways that Bella and Hayley will enjoy.”

High-tech glucose monitoring trial

In 2020, a manufacturer of a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) sensor device contacted Dr Wellington. He offered him an opportunity to give some of his patients access to the sensors for a month on a trial basis.

This sensor is around the size of a R5 coin. It attaches painlessly to the upper arm with a small needle inserted into the skin which detects blood glucose levels. This device takes a blood glucose reading every five minutes.

To access the reading, you only need to swipe a smartphone with the linked app over the sensor. This process is a giant leap from traditional finger-pricking techniques used by millions of people with diabetes all over the world. The sensors cost around R1 000 each, and each last for two weeks (so two are needed each month).

Dr Wellington was keen for Bella to use the device. It would allow for 24/7 monitoring of her blood glucose levels in the least invasive way possible.

“Before Bella had access to this sensor, it was unclear whether she was experiencing hypoglycaemic lows (very low blood glucose) at night when asleep. It was also very challenging to wake her and do finger prick-based blood glucose testing. When they did occur, Bella found the symptoms very frightening, like feeling weak, a high heart rate, confusion and blurred vision,” explains Dr Wellington.

Life changing experience

The chance to use a CGM device to get proper insight into her blood glucose levels proved life-changing for Bella. In children, these devices make a massive difference as they take away the need for finger pricks. They allow for an infinite number of readings at any time of day. They also allow older children to take their own readings in an instant while at school or elsewhere. The app gives others, like a treating doctor, access to the results. These devices offer an unprecedented opportunity to identify what is and isn’t working in the management of a child’s Type 1 diabetes, with minimal impact on the child’s life.

Discovery Health Medical Scheme funds sensors

Unfortunately, both Kerry and Lance faced changes to their employment at the end of 2020, which meant they could not afford the R2 000 a month for Bella’s sensors. “However, we knew the value of the device for Bella,” says Kerry. “And she told us that, for the first time in eight years, she could feel her fingertips as she stopped pricking them for a month.”

“We were absolutely thrilled when Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) announced that in 2021, they would fund the bulk of the cost of CGM devices for people who have Type 1 diabetes. We only pay R3 90 a month for two sensors. So, we only pay R195 towards each sensor and Discovery pays the rest, making them really affordable for us.”

“Now we can check Bella’s blood glucose levels as often as we like, simply by hovering my smartphone (using the linked app) over the sensor. This sensor has enhanced Bella’s understanding of her condition and its management, so much so that she has expressed an interest in studying medicine in future,” Kerry says.

Dr Wellington adds, “It’s a huge shock to any parent to have their child diagnosed with a lifelong illness like Type 1 diabetes. I want to commend her parents, Lance and Kerry, for their dedication to optimising Bella’s condition through the years. Bella has also been incredible in the way she has adapted to coping with the condition and testing her blood glucose regularly, and now to the use of CGM devices.”

Almost all of Dr Wellington’s patients have either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. His practice focuses heavily on managing and correcting these (Type 2 diabetes in particular) through a low carbohydrate nutrition approach.

All medical information in this article including content, graphics and images, is for educational and informational objectives only. Discovery Health publishes this content to help to empower diabetes patients and their families by promoting a better understanding of a diabetes retinopathy.

Header caption: Bella Hawkins holding her sister Hayley.

Accu-Chek Instant system – Simply clear diabetes management

We learn how the Accu-Chek Instant system assists with simple clear diabetes management.

The Accu-Chek Instant system is a unique solution designed to meet diverse needs of people with diabetes and their healthcare professionals.

The system features, such as the intuitive target range indicator and the on-board logbook, provide simply clear solutions to assist with blood glucose checking and interpretation.

The strip ejector interface supports simple diabetes management, and Bluetooth® connectivity offers quick insights virtually anytime and anywhere.

 Target range indicator1

  • Provides instant reassurance and clarity of high and low blood glucose readings.
  • Assists you to understand and interpret your readings more easily.
  • It can be individualised to suit therapy goals, using the mySugr application.

 Bluetooth® connectivity to mySugr diabetes management app* 

  • With over three million users worldwide2, the mySugr app facilitates decision support at the palm of your hand.
  • It’s an instant logbook with automatic and seamless transfer of readings.
  • View a snapshot of your diabetes on a daily basis. See trends, events and information in context.
  • Share detailed PDF reports via email with your healthcare provider.

Strip ejector

  • Because hygiene matters, the strip ejector allows for easy and hygienic disposal of used strips3.

Advanced accuracy4

The Accu-Chek Instant system provides reliable and accurate results having exceeded the ISO 15197:2013/EN ISO 15197:2015 accuracy requirement and delivers 10/10* accuracy.

*95% of results are within ± 10mg/dl (0.56 mmol/L) of the laboratory reference at glucose levels <5.5 mmol/L or ± 10% of laboratory reference value at glucose levels ≥ 5.5 mmol/L.

To check if your mobile device is compatible with the mySugr app, please contact our customer support team. For more information, contact your healthcare professional.


  1. Parkin C, Schwenke S, Ossege A, Gruchmann T. Use of an Integrated Tool for Interpretation of Blood Glucose Data Improves Correctness of Glycemic Risk Assessment in Individuals with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2016;11(1): 74 82
  2. mySugr Internal Data on File: January 2021
  3. Harvey C, Koubek R, B gat V, Jacob S. Usability Evaluation of a Blood Glucose Monitoring System with a Spill Resistant Vial, Easier Strip Handling, and Connectivity to a Mobile App: Improvement of Patient Convenience and Satisfaction. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2016;10(5):1136 1141
  4. Breitenbeck N, Brown A. Accuracy Assessment of a Blood Glucose Monitoring System for Self-Testing with Three Test Strip Lots Following ISO 15197:2013/EN ISO 15197:2015. J Diabetes Sci Technol. 2016;11(4):854-855.

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Why are diabetic socks needed?

Exclusive offer for Diabetes SA

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Their Mohair Medi Socks are designed specifically to aid in the therapeutic support for symptoms of diabetes, circulatory problems, Raynaud’s syndrome and sweaty feet. Find them here.

Use the code: GREATSOCKS for 20% off any website purchase.

Sock Doctor explains why diabetic socks are needed and the health benefits of wearing them.

Diabetes causes high blood glucose levels that can lead to blood vessel and nerve damage throughout the body, often affecting the feet and toes. This can be painful and can cause a numbness that makes it easier for a cut, blister or infection to go unnoticed. Furthermore, with reduced circulation, any wound can take longer to heal. Thus, diabetic socks like these from Sock Doctor are designed to support a critical aspect of diabetes management: foot care.

What makes a good quality diabetic sock?

Diabetic socks are designed specifically to keep feet dry, to prevent chafe or blisters and to help circulation. Here’s what to look for in a quality diabetic sock, recommended by podiatrists.

  • Made from breathable material

If you have diabetes and you’re concerned about foot care, you need socks that will keep your feet dry. These diabetic socks from Sock Doctor are made from bamboo and mohair.

 The capillary nature of mohair means that it has natural wickability and absorbs moisture quickly, keeping feet dry. The natural breathability and smooth fibres of mohair and bamboo also prevent the build-up of bacteria and keep feet odour-free.

  • Antibacterial and hypoallergenic

Bamboo has an inherent antibacterial agent, called bamboo kun, that helps prevent fungal infections and is completely hypoallergenic.

  • Seam-free

A raised seam in normal socks can cause friction, chafe and blisters. Diabetic socks are seam-free.

  • Don’t have an elastic bite

If you have diabetes, you’ll want to steer clear of any socks that impede circulation. Diabetic socks have a non-restrictive top to prevent elastic bite.

  • Always stay in place

Blisters and chafe are caused by a sock moving and rubbing against the shoe and the foot. Diabetic sock design in these socks from Sock Doctor see a high tab on the heel (for a short sock) or a super soft graduated fit (for a longer sock). These socks will stay in place for ultimate comfort.

  • Fully cushioned foot

A fully cushioned mohair foot offers maximum moisture absorption and protection (and huge comfort factor, too).

Why DSA endorses Sock Doctor’s diabetic socks

These diabetic socks from Sock Doctor are insanely comfortable. They’re made from the very best materials (bamboo and mohair); and the cushioned sole (plus no tight elastic or hard seams) leave your feet feeling fully supported and protected. For long hikes, runs, day-to-day wear, these socks are 100% worth the investment.

Offer valid until 30 June 2022.


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New Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit launched

Discovery Health launches new Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit, enhanced by a cutting-edge artificial intelligence system and designed to detect the onset of diabetic retinopathy as early as possible.

People who live with diabetes (whether Type 1 or 2) are at heightened risk for several serious healthcare complications that affect various parts of the body. One of these complications is a condition known as diabetic retinopathy, and this can severely affect vision over time.

Persistently high blood glucose levels, which are typical of diabetes, cause damage to blood vessels throughout the body. This damage is more apparent in smaller blood vessels which are more vulnerable, like the tiny blood vessels at the back of the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which there is damage to the blood vessels of the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

“This condition may present with only minor changes in our vision which may come and go, but it can also be entirely asymptomatic,” says CEO of Discovery Health, Dr Ryan Noach. “Of course, tight control of diabetes is key to preventing the start and progression of diabetic retinopathy. However, regularly undergoing screening for the early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy is equally important to nipping the condition in the bud and ensuring good eye health.”

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit

“This is why Discovery Health Medical Scheme (DHMS) has launched the new Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit, designed to detect the onset of diabetic retinopathy as early as possible.”

“Through this benefit, we hope to increase the number of DHMS members who are screened for diabetic retinopathy. We take great pride in offering screening using the best available assessment tools and leading artificial intelligence technologies while we also have the great privilege of sending each member to our excellent network of participating optometrists, ophthalmologists, and GPs for their screening, broader assessment and clinical management.”

Less than one quarter of members living with diabetes were screened in 2020

“Our analysis of screening rates among DHMS members who are living with diabetes unfortunately shows low levels of adherence to important annual screening checks. In 2020, only 24% of DHMS members living with diabetes were screened for diabetic retinopathy,” explains Dr Noach.

“It’s understandable that one of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated mitigation measures, has been a change to health-seeking behaviour, and a consequent marked reduction in care for non-COVID conditions. Preventative and screening healthcare interventions have declined markedly since the start of the pandemic. It’s critical that we reverse these trends to detect the onset of diabetic retinopathy as early as possible, even before symptoms appear.”

Available on all plans

“Discovery Health has always focused on incentivising, simplifying and enhancing member access to evidence-based preventative healthcare screening. The DHMS Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit is fully aligned to this ethos. It gives members easy access to annual screening which is conducted using cutting-edge AI technology, followed up by a clear referral process, and supported by scheme benefits. We have also set up automated reminders that will prompt eligible scheme members to report for their annual screening check.”

“Regardless of which medical plan a member is on, they have access to screening that can prevent the significant reduction in their quality of life that advanced diabetic retinopathy brings.”

The Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit follows a simple, three-level process:

1. Primary grading

Photography of the retina and assessment for signs of diabetic retinopathy

Participating healthcare professionals use a digital retinal camera to take photographs of their patients’ eyes.
These photographs are uploaded to a highly-sensitive artificial intelligence (AI) system that automatically generates a report.
Where no signs of disease are detected, members can be screened again in the next year.

2. Secondary grading

Eye examination performed by an optometrist.

If signs of disease are detected by the AI system during primary grading, a full eye examination for secondary grading may occur at the same or subsequent appointment.

3. Tertiary grading

Diagnosis and treatment by an ophthalmologist. 

Following secondary grading, where necessary, scheme members will be referred to an ophthalmologist to confirm the diagnosis of retinopathy, and for long-term specialist care.

Benefits for scheme members and healthcare providers

This simple yet highly comprehensive three-step process ensures that eligible scheme members benefit from the chance to utilise the highly-accessible services of optometrist practices for the necessary screening,” adds Dr Noach. “Furthermore, the primary and secondary grading levels require no member co-payments at all as these are funded from scheme benefits.”

“Diabetes care teams are enhanced by the inclusion of participating optometrists and GPs, who offer digital fundus camera photography analysed by an advanced AI system.”

EyeArt AI Eye Screening System

Frank Cheng, President of Eyenuk, developer of the EyeArt AI Eye Screening System, adds,We applaud Discovery Health’s leadership for being the first payor to bring our EyeArt AI system to South Africa. The EyeArt AI system is the most extensively validated and adopted AI system for automated diabetic retinopathy detection in real-world settings. It has been cleared by regulatory authorities around the world, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is reimbursed by government and private payors in the U.S.”

Accessing the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit

The Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Benefit will be available to all patients who are registered on the Chronic Illness Benefit (CIB) for diabetes Type 1 or Type 2.

  • The benefit covers one annual retinal screening each year for diabetic retinopathy (DR).
  • Qualifying scheme members do not require pre-authorisations to access the necessary cover.

Locating participating healthcare practitioners

  • Find a provider who is part of our screening network by logging on to > Medical aid > Find a doctor > Find a doctor close to you. Search for “Optometrists” in an area conveniently located for you. You can find providers who offer screening for diabetic retinopathy by filtering your search:
  1. Select “COVER”
  2. Deselect “Full network Cover” and choose “Additional/Other Cover” to select “Diabetic Retinopathy Screening”.

2021 DHMS cover for primary grading exams

DHMS pays for primary grading examinations from Scheme benefits.

If indicated following primary grading, secondary grading examinations are also paid from scheme benefits.  “This means that patients will not have out-of-pocket payments and that no claims will be deducted from their Medical Savings Account (MSA) balance,” says Dr Noach.

Participating healthcare providers may not charge extra fees for primary and secondary grading examinations.

All medical information in this article including content, graphics and images, is for educational and informational objectives only. Discovery Health publishes this content to help to empower diabetes patients and their families by promoting a better understanding of a diabetes retinopathy.

Elixirmune Gut Guard: For Great Gut Health

Did you know that 70% of disease and illness starts in the gut (the second brain as it’s commonly known)? The good news though is that Elixirmune Gut Guard can help you have great gut health.

 All disease begins in the gut is a quote attributed to the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates nearly 2 500 years ago. Well, he wasn’t far off, every time you eat or drink or expose yourself to chemicals and hormones, you are either feeding disease or fighting it.

A healthy gut is therefore crucial for a healthier and happier you. The unbelievable intricacy of the gut and its value to overall health has always been of great importance to the medical research community. Many studies have established links between gut health and the immune system, mood, endocrine diseases, metabolic diseases, and even acne-related problems.

An antibiotic is a medication used to fight bacterial infections. They are also known as antibacterials. They treat infections and disease by killing or reducing the growth of bacteria. An interesting fact is that many modern-day antibiotics are made using soil-based bacteria. For instance, penicillin came from penicillium, a fungus found in soil.

The wonders of Elixirmune Gut Guard

Elixirmune Gut Guard is a liquid, soil-based bacteria probiotic (SBO) that is nature’s version of a potent natural antibiotic. It’s a 100% natural and organic immunity building and balancing health supplement that is a unique blend of over 40 naturally occurring soil-based probiotic strains. These strains are rich in the perfect ratio of fulvic and humic acid required by the human body.

The natural medicinal and anti-microbial properties of these soil-based organic elements are well-documented in helping to bolster your body’s immunity defence to shield against illness and infection.

The scientific methods and processes used to cultivate the probiotic strains from pristine virgin soil, combined with the artisanal bio-fermentation process used to blend the Elixirmune formulation, are part of the proprietary secret recipe formula that creates a product which produces incredible results even with the most chronic ailments.

What makes Elixirmune Gut Guard so effective is the ability to eliminate Eskape, a group of bacteria that causes most disease and illness, and that are largely antibiotic resistant.

Elixirmune Gut Guard is a powerful natural alternative to more traditional medication that helps fight bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. It’s a potent immune booster that creates the ‘good’ bacteria you need in your gut to fight the ‘bad’ bacteria that cause illness and disease. It’s highly effective in alleviating gut related conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), fibromyalgia, and leaky gut syndromes well as certain autoimmune conditions, and metabolic disorders, such as Type 2 diabetes.

How to use it

You can take it orally, use topically, inhale through a nebuliser, or even use as a face wash for chronic cases of acne and other skin conditions.

Elixirmune Gut Guard is also completely vegan and organic, travel friendly, and needs no refrigeration.

Over and over, nature has shown that she knows what’s best for you. Elixirmune Gut Guard is hand-crafted in Cape Town, South Africa.

This should not be taken as medical advice or replace the consult of a healthcare professional.

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10 reasons to invest in diabetic socks

Exclusive offer for Diabetes SA

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Their Mohair Medi Socks are designed specifically to aid in the therapeutic support for symptoms of diabetes, circulatory problems, Raynaud’s syndrome and sweaty feet. Find them here.

Use the code: GREATSOCKS for 20% off any website purchase.

Sock Doctor delves into the reasons why good foot care is important and what makes their diabetic socks so worth the investment.

Diabetes and foot care: what you need to know

Simply put, over time high blood glucose levels experienced by those with diabetes can damage blood vessels and nerves. When this happens in the feet, the result can be a numbness or loss of feeling that makes it easy for any cut, blister or infection to go unnoticed. Pair this with a reduction in circulation (common for those with diabetes), and it can take a long time for any wound to heal. This means that preventative foot care is important.

Socks designed with diabetes in mind

The Mohair Socks from Sock Doctor are made with a combination of mohair and bamboo and are endorsed by Diabetes South Africa. Below are 10 reasons why they are worth the investment (and podiatrists agree too).

1. No ‘elastic bite’

If you have diabetes, you need socks with a non-restrictive top to prevent ʻelastic biteʼ. You don’t want anything that impedes circulation.

2. Will always stay in place.

A high tab on the heel (for a short sock) or a super soft graduated fit (for a longer sock) are brilliant features of diabetic sock design since they see socks stay in place and result in less chafe and blisters.

3. Maximum breathability (and your feet won’t smell!)

The bamboo properties of Sock Doctor’s range allow for extra breathability so you can say goodbye to sweaty feet. The natural breathability and smooth fibres of mohair and bamboo also prevent the build-up of bacteria and keep your feet odour-free.

4. No rough and uncomfortable seams

Seams are important since a raised seam can cause friction and blisters. You don’t need to worry about this with Sock Doctor’s range.

5. Your feet will be fully cushioned

A fully cushioned mohair foot offers maximum moisture absorption and protection (and huge comfort factor, too).

6. Minimise the chances of chafe

The smooth fibres and quick drying properties of mohair help to reduce chafing and prevent blisters.

7. Your feet will stay dry

The capillary nature of mohair means that it has natural wickability and absorbs moisture quickly, so your feet will always be dry (and this is one of the easiest and best ways to look after your feet).

8. Less risk of fungal infection

Bamboo has an inherent antibacterial agent, called bamboo kun, that helps prevent fungal infections and is completely hypoallergenic.

 9. Your feet will never be too hot or cold

The breathability and insulating properties of both mohair and bamboo keep your feet cool in summer and warm in winter.

10. You’ll be wearing the most comfortable socks

Bamboo is naturally silky soft on the skin and incredibly comfortable to wear. Pair this with a cushioned sole, no tight elastic or hard seams, and you’ll be investing in the most comfortable socks you’ve ever worn.


“Many sock brands claim to have the best diabetic socks, but having tried various other brands, I have found that the Mohair Sock Doctor socks truly do what they claim to do –keeping the feet dry, fungus-free with a non-restrictive top band. Thank you for a great product.” – Neil van der Merwe, Orthotist Prosthetist, Mobility Assist.


“We assist numerous patients with problematic feet, these patients need special attention and care when it comes to their feet. We have received excellent feedback from our patients. These socks are comfortable, suitable for our diabetic patients and it doesn’t hurt that these socks come in a variety of prints and colours.” – OP Active

Offer valid until 31st March 2022.


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SPAR Freshline: serving up healthier food choices

SPAR Freshline has got a big appetite for bringing you goodness, this includes healthier food options too. While we know that diabetes is overwhelming, we’re here to let you know that living with diabetes no longer means you need to miss out on all the great food, because we’ve got delicious and healthy choices for you too.

Choose from our wide range of fresh and prepared produce that’s ripe and ready for your picking. From a bounty of leafy greens to a variety of fresh veggies, nutritious fruit and mouth-watering salads, we’ve got you covered.

And if it’s healthy convenience food you’re looking for, our wholesome prepared, ready-to-cook, and ready-to-heat options, from our DELIcious range of deli meals to soups, fresh chopped soup mixes and more, are all sure to satisfy your taste buds.

The SPAR Freshline Natural baked range was created for individuals with special dietary requirements in mind, including those with diabetes. Natural offers you an array of healthy baked goods that include sugar-free options with the same great taste. Try it!


Healthy living begins with healthier eating and SPAR Freshline ticks all the boxes to make things easier on you by offering a wide range of healthy options, as well as diabetic-friendly foods to assist you on your journey to great health.



Step into comfort with froggie shoes

We know what it’s like to be on our feet all day. The roles women take on are multifaceted and busy! To give that extra bit of comfort, froggie developed a footwear solution that provides extra cushioning underfoot.

At a glance, you see a handcrafted genuine leather shoe. Disguised within is comfort untold.

Made from high density foam, the removable footbed accommodates foot movement and unlike conventional footbeds, the froggie innovation maintains its shape throughout the day.

Being fully removable, the footbed may be substituted for a prescribed insert from your local pharmacy or podiatrist.

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