Diabetes Focus | Summer 2023

Dear members and friends,

I hope you are all well and in good spirits as 2023 speeds to a close.

It has been a very busy year for Diabetes South Africa with lots going on. Please go to the DSA News page and see what we have been up to around the country during National Diabetes Month.

I’m sure you will enjoy Russell Smith’s story, Big in Japan, and the beautiful photos of the cherry blossoms. Russell is known as one of SA’s best commercial photographers.

Yolanda Geldenhuys tells us all about her Type 2 diabetes diagnosis after having a minor stroke. Read TIA and diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

There are so many great articles written for you in this summer issue. You can never stop learning and reading about diabetes. Knowledge on all the issues relating to diabetes can be shared with friends, colleagues and your family, and might help or encourage someone with managing their diabetes.

At the 2022 World Diabetes Congress, I was appointed as the Vice President of Southern Africa Region of the International Diabetes Federation. I hope that I can do justice to the role and be able to assist diabetes organizations in the countries which fall within Southern Africa.

Wishing you all a very blessed festive season and a healthy and prosperous 2024.

Yours in Health
Margot McCumisky
National Manager – Diabetes South Africa

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Enjoy the perfectly sweet taste of Huletts in a low-kilojoule sweetener with this refreshing blueberry smoothie.

You can make it in 3 easy steps.

  1. In a blender add 2 cups low-fat plain yoghurt, ½ cup low-fat smooth cottage cheese, 2 cups frozen blueberries and 3 sachets Huletts EquiSweet Classic sweetener.
  2. Blend till smooth.
  3. Dip the rim of the glass in plain yoghurt, jet casino, then into crushed digestive biscuits, pour the smoothie into the glass and enjoy.

Brookes Low-Cal Passionquilla

Enjoy the flavours of summer with this refreshing Brookes Low-Cal Passionquilla recipe. Perfect for those

Huletts Xylitol Cheesecake

This delicious Huletts Xylitol Cheesecake is the perfect dessert choice for family gatherings over the

Hydrate and get that H2Glo

Dietitian, Estée van Lingen, expands on the importance of hydration, especially in summer. Plus, she

Exploring the delicious world of Fabulite

Dietitian, Esteé van Lingen, explores the added benefits of including the tasty Fabulite range of

Reducing postprandial blood glucose levels

Here are simple ways to lower postprandial blood glucose levels as well as the benefits

Diabetes data tips

We learn tips for recording diabetes data and how digital support, such as smartphone apps,



Hormonal balance

Veronica Tift explains the importance of striving for hormonal balance and adds how body work

Tired of feeling tired

Dr Paula Diab breaks down the various reasons that people living with Type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes and life expectancy

Lynette Lacock elaborates on how Type 2 diabetes can affect life expectancy as well offering

Understanding nutrients

Esteé van Lingen expands on what nutrients are and the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients.


Asking for help; it’s a sign of strength

Knowing when to ask for help and understanding why you need it is crucial to

Debunking five common myths about diabetes

We learn about five common myths about diabetes and how they are debunked. With millions

Males with diabetes and eating disorders

Daniel Sher, a clinical psychologist, educates us on males with diabetes and eating disorders, in

Medical aid vs medical insurance

There is misunderstanding when it comes to medical aid versus medical insurance, and where hospital

Visceral fat tissue and cardiovascular risk

Dr Louise Johnson unpacks the different types of fat and details why visceral fat tissue


Harvesting seaweed to treat diabetes and obesity

S’thandiwe Magwaza received her Master’s in Biochemistry cum laude for her research on the use of seaweed

How to get the best out of pharmacy care

Medipost Pharmacy share an easy guide to using medicine safely and how to get the

Insulin dosing for fat and protein

Christine Manga, a diabetes nurse educator, explains the calculation of insulin dosing for fat and

The highs and lows of calcium

Dr Angela Murphy explains the symptoms and the treatment for both low and high levels

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