Diabetes Focus Summer 2020

Dear members and friends,

I’m sure most of us are glad that winter is over and are now in lockdown level 1, and able to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunny weather.

Let’s hope that COVID-19 will soon be a thing of the past too.

In the summer 2020 issue, there are inspiring and interesting articles namely:

Making peace with your diabetes; Holiday survival guide; Hunger vs Thirst – how to tell the difference; Managing diabetes in hot weather.

Insulin: overdosing and underdosing; Metformin: Type 2 diabetes drug: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for diabetic neuropathy; and Josh Chinyerere shows brave resilience and so much more.

I hope I have given you a taste of what is in this issue to encourage you to read them all. I have definitely learned a lot from reading them and I hope you will too.

Wishing you all a lovely holiday season, and a healthy, happy, less stressful new year.

Yours in Health

Margot McCumisky
National Manager – Diabetes South Africa

Diabetes helpline during COVID-19

Diabetes South Africa’s offices will be closed during the lockdown period and since people living with diabetes are at higher risk of complications if they get ill with COVID-19, we want to help you keep your diabetes in balance and on your current diabetes management plan.  

Therefore, Diabetes South Africa and the South African NCDs Alliance offer you free support in the current crisis. Starting on Friday, 3 April, our support service is live.

How it works: WhatsApp 081 578 6636 or send an email to diabeteshelp@sancda.org.za

You message us, and we call back or reply between 08:00 and 17:00. Leave a voice or WhatsApp message in English or Afrikaans. Tell us your name, cell number or email and a few words about your diabetes challenge and we will get back to you. 

Please do not use the diabetes helpline in the case of emergencies or if you experience a sudden worsening of your health or suspected COVID-19. Rather call an ambulance, go straight to your nearest hospital or follow government instructions.  


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Five steps for diabetes self-management

Here are five ways to help you learn and implement important diabetes self-management practices. The diagnosis

The science behind the Amajoya Sugar Free Collection

Ever wondered how sugar free sweets are made? Read more on the science behind the Amajoya

De Villiers Chocolate no added sugar range

De Villiers Chocolate’s new no added sugar offering is now available. We get the lowdown on

What’s in Shape Diet Meal Replacement Shakes?

There were many comments from our readers after we shared the article on Shape Diet Meal

Dry skin conditions

We learn more about dry skin conditions that are characterised by dry skin, and how to


Josh Chinyerere shows brave resilience

Barbara Chinyerere recounts the day when her son, Josh, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and

Morgan Masimela – More needs to be done for diabetes patients

Morgan Masimela tells us why he thinks the government needs to do more, not only in

Paula Thom – The initiator of Young Guns

Paula Thom, a co-ordinator of DSA Young Guns, shares her diabetes journey with us and how

Hanli Steyn: Taking charge of her diagnosis

After a wake-up call in the form of a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, Hanli Steyn


Diabetes-related bullying in school

Daniel Sher discusses the impact that diabetes-related bullying can have and how therapy can help empower

Tips to get your kids eating healthy

The Heart and Stroke Foundation suggests five ways to get your kids eating healthy to support


Why all the fuss about intermittent fasting?

Dietitian, Chantal Walsh, explain the how intermittent fasting works and how it is an eating pattern

Finding peace when family has diabetes

Nelia Drenth shares how both her husband and son made (and still make) peace with their

Positive planning and mind-set to stay physically active

Michelle Jonck informs us that positive planning and state of mind are two key factors to

Sleep is the foundation of overall health

Enough deep, restorative sleep is one of the most powerful tools available to us in our

Diabetic holiday survival manual

For people with diabetes, holidays can be fraught with temptations and make you want to hibernate.

How to curb festive season binge eating

Dietitian, Retha Harmse, shares good advice on how to curb festive season binge eating. During the

Fresh inspiration for eating vegetables

Dietitian, Jessica Pieterse, shares fresh inspiration to motivate you to eat more vegetables and get out

Make family fitness fun this festive season

Whether there is one person or a few in a family who have diabetes, this may


Metformin: Type 2 diabetes drug

Diabetes specialist nurse, Laurie van der Merwe, breaksdown the use, and side effects of metformin, a drug

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for diabetic neuropathy

Dom Van Loggerenberg shares how hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) not only healed his wound but helped

Artificial pancreas – now a reality

Type 1 diabetes patient, Marc Peverett, tells us how technology has allowed him to build his

Insulin: overdosing and underdosing

Diabetes nurse educator, Tammy Jardine, explains the various reasons for overdosing and underdosing of insulin. There

Betadine Emtrix Fungal Nail Solution

We learn more about how Betadine Emtrix Fungal Nail Solution can help with fungal infection and


DSA News Summer 2020

DSA Port Elizabeth news This year, with a multitude of challenges, is nearing the end. Most

Are you safe from COVID-19 in private hospitals?

This is a question many are debating, however, rest assured private hospitals liken themselves to an

Making peace with your diabetes

Noy Pullen shares how she made peace with a life-threatening illness and offers guidance on how

Management of diabetes in hot weather

Dr Louise Johnson educates us on how to manage glucose levels during hot weather. Thermal stress

Hunger vs thirst: know the difference

You have a gnawing feeling in your stomach, a headache and you’re feeling a little dizzy.

The effects of COVID-19: Patients presenting late with serious conditions

The Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) informs us of the effects that COVID-19 has had,

The truth about sugar-free drinks

Dietitian, Jessica Pieterse, details the advantages and disadvantages of drinking sugar-free drinks Sugar-free drinks initially sounded


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