#DiabetesLooksLikeMe

On Tuesday 1st March 2022, for the first time ever, South Africans with diabetes will show what diabetes really looks like, by uploading a profile pic with the hashtag #DiabetesLooksLikeMe. Why does diabetes representation matter? Because we know that there are a lot of misconceptions around people with diabetes. The media often portrays us as unhealthy, eating sugar and fast food, not exercising. This is where stigma comes from. We want to join together to show that all kinds of people live with diabetes - no matter our gender, age, colour, shape, size, or any other identifier. These are South Africans with diabetes. Join us by clicking here to update your profile picture with #DiabetesLooksLikeMe. No Facebook or Twitter? Download the frame here. DiabetesLooksLikeMe TwibbonDownload ...
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Make sensor technology a PMB for all Type 1s in South Africa

Making life easier - and safer - for those with Type 1 diabetes Living with Type 1 diabetes is exhausting. The constant attempts to balance blood sugar with insulin, exercise, hormones, stress, sleep and daily life can sometimes feel impossible. There is something that makes it significantly easier, though - sensor technology. Not having to use outdated fingersticks to prick our fingers, but rather having access to 24 hour data to make decisions. When it comes to Type 1, easier also means safer, because we're at less risk of emergency hypo situations, and long-term complications from hypers. Flash glucose sensors are the most affordable CGM available, and we are appealing to the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) to make them a Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) for all those with Type 1 diabetes in South Africa. We've collected 47 pages of testimonials from people with Type 1, speaking about how sensor technology is essential: Critical management of Type 1 diabetes in childrenHelp for the hypo unawareAvoiding...
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Wear Blue for Diabetes 2021

November is National Diabetes Month. Let’s come together to create awareness around Type 1 diabetes in our schools and communities. Let’s #WearBlueForDiabetes! The idea Whether you’re a person living with diabetes, a carer of someone living with diabetes or a friend or family member, we want you to join us in wearing blue to create awareness for diabetes. Invite your school, workplace or friends to join in on the fun! #WearBlueForDiabetes Wear blue for diabetes on Friday 12th November 2021, ahead of World Diabetes Day on Sunday 14th November. Snap a photo and share it online using #WearBlueForDiabetes. Help us share this initiative using the resources from our awareness pack. Please get in touch on social media or by email if you have any questions. How to get involved We’ve created this Digital Diabetes Awareness pack to make it as easy as possible for you to take part. Here’s how you can get involved: Invite your child’s school or your local school to take part in Wear...
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South Africa’s Inaugural Diabetes Summit

Member organisations of SA Diabetes Advocacy, as well as many individuals living with diabetes, have been involved in creating South Africa's Inaugural Diabetes Summit, co-hosted by the Diabetes Alliance and the University of Pretoria Diabetes Research Centre. Building Back Better: Diabetes Response in SA post-COVID In the immediate wake of COVID-19, it is time to take stock. As one of the top co-morbidities for severe COVID-19 infection and poor outcomes, diabetes has been brought into the spotlight.  The South African Diabetes Summit will take stock of the current diabetes situation and produce a Diabetes Charter that will allow the government and all interested parties to “build back better” in terms of the South African response to the diabetes epidemic. The event is co-hosted by the Diabetes Alliance and the University of Pretoria Diabetes Research Centre. Join us for SA’s Inaugural Diabetes Summit Date: Wednesday 10th November 2021 Time: 9am to 1pm Location: Online Registration: www.diabetesalliance.org.za/diabetes-summit/ ...
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#cgm4all

Update! Thanks to the #cgm4all campaign, as well as the #fingerstickfree movement, the voices of South African diabetics have been heard! Discovery has just announced a CGM benefit for members with Type 1 diabetes. Find out all about how to claim the Discovery CGM Benefit here. Next up? All the other medical aids! Bete It is one of our member organisations. They are an NPO for Type 1 diabetics, by Type 1 diabetics. Their #cgm4all campaign is SA Diabetes Advocacy's first campaign for 2020. Read below to get involved! #cgm4all request What #cgm4all is Are you a South African Type 1 diabetic or a Type 1 supporter? 🇿🇦⠀We need your help 🙏🏻 ⠀From May to August, the medical aid schemes in South Africa will be busy writing up their 2021 Chronic Medical Aid Benefits List. ⠀We want to see Continuous Glucose Monitors on that list! ⠀⠀If you use a Dexcom, Medtronic or FreeStyle Libre sensor or if you are currently finger pricking and would like to...
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