Welcome to our winter 2020 issue of Diabetes Focus

Dear members and friends,

I do hope that you are taking extra care of yourselves during winter and especially these challenging times.

Diabetes South Africa has received important advice from local and international sources. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important for people living with diabetes to keep their blood glucose levels as well controlled as possible. As well as the normal handwashing, wearing your mask and social distancing.

Please contact us and if we can help, we will do our best to assist you.

In the 2020 winter issue, we have included articles on COVID-19 and diabetes; Children and youth with diabetes going back to school; Foods for immunity and so much more.

I do hope you enjoy the personal stories of Mikyle Rodrigues, Peter Zangerle, and Mignon Jordaan.

Stay safe, stay home if you can, and stay well.

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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PEAD-SA – Should children with diabetes go back to school?

The Paediatric & Adolescent Endocrinology & Diabetes Society - South Africa (PEAD-SA) share their position

Lunch ideas for home or school during lockdown

Mommy, what are we eating for lunch? A question that most mommies have heard a

Youth with Diabetes – How to decide if your child should go back to school

We hear Youth with Diabetes’ position statement on whether sending your child with diabetes back

Esther Rodrigues – My hero calls me Mom

Esther Rodrigues, a T1D Mom, shares the joys of seeing her son, Mikyle, celebrate his





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