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 [email protected]

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



Diabetes-related bullying in school

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

Tips to get your kids eating healthy

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



Metformin: Type 2 diabetes drug

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


DSA News Summer 2020

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


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