Welcome to the 2019 autumn issue of Diabetes Focus eMag

Dear members and friends,

Hope you are all keeping well and enjoying a good 2019 thus far.

Diabetes South Africa (DSA) launched a new two-tier membership option last year November, in time for our 50thanniversary. So far, it has been well-received. We have had many new members signing up. It would be great to have feedback from the new members as to the benefits they have received through their membership. We will be working on adding benefits as the year goes on.

Fortunately, DSA has been blessed with two interns, visiting from overseas countries, this year. Hannah from USA and Marie from Germany. They are working on various projects to assist us. You can read more about them and their time in South Africa in this issue.

I am currently away in Texas, USA for my daughter’s wedding and will be sure to share photos in the next issue.

Just a gentle reminder to get your flu shots in time before the flu season.

All the very best in health



Margot Mc Cumisky
National Manager – Diabetes South Africa

Diabetes: where science, art and education meet

Louise Johnson explains that the art of living skilfully with diabetes in the new millennium is

Ramadan and diabetes: a collaborative approach to fasting

Dr Salim Parker gives a collaborative approach to Ramadan fasting. One of the five pillars of Islam

Losing 25kg with Slender Wonder

Michael Green, a person living with Type 2 diabetes, tells us how he lost 25kg in

A year of sugary drinks tax

The Healthy Living Alliance shares their view on the latest sugary drinks tax. A year of the

Should you really be eating that?

Daniel Sher educates us and shares practical advice on how to make peace with the food police. Who

It is all in the choice

The art of living with diabetes starts with making a choice. Rosemary Flynn explains why this

Why glucose is the go-to

Jessica Oosthuizen explains why pure glucose is the preferred treatment for hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose). “To

Medipost Pharmacy: support for parents managing their child’s diabetes

We hear how Medipost Pharmacy supports parents of children living with diabetes. It can be a

Are there links between sugar, cancer and diabetes?

Dietitian, Berna Harmse, unpacks the evidence on the effects sugar has on our bodies and the

What’s in my food campaign

The Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) launched a campaign, #whatsinmyfood, that asserts the right of every South

What fruit is best for you?

Dietitian, Donna Van Zyl, explains the considerations for diabetes patients when eating fruit. There is often

Fighting fit: exercising with diabetes

Prof Martin Schwellnus gives us a rundown of how to form a safe exercise regime when

CBD oils – the good, the bad and the facts

There seems to be a general excitement that new medication is available as a treatment for

Meet the interns

Diabetes South Africa has two interns, one from USA and the other Germany. We caught up

Healthy meal plan for people living with diabetes

Diabetes South Africa shares a healthy meal plan for people living with diabetes. Click on the

The sky’s the limit for Marius Schutte

Last year Marius Schutte placed third in Virgin Active's The Grid Games national event. He then came first, out

Too much blood sugar, too bad for your ears

Audiologist, Sakhile Nkosi, unpacks whether there is a link between diabetes and hearing loss. Every person living

Take action – salt awareness

The Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa is calling for better nutrition labelling of children’s meals

Getting to know me

Noy Pullen shares the positive revelations she encountered when she started the journey of ‘getting to

My art of living with diabetes

When you think of art, what comes to mind? Creative art, colourful art, abstract art, black

Is it worth getting a diabetic alert dog in South Africa?

James Leech explains the pros and cons of a diabetic alert dog in the South African


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