Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
A diabetes awareness video was the result of the contributions of hundreds of members of TuDiabetes.com, an online social network for people touched by diabetes.
The video pulled from over 120 photos that were submitted between August and November, 2007 by members of TuDiabetes.com for the "Word in Your Hand" project. The original music was written by Albert Chen and the video was edited by Luis Garcia, who originally came up with the idea for the project.
TuDiabetes.com was launched by Manny Hernandez in March 2007. The social network has passed 1,300 members from all over the world, with the United States, the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India, Belgium and Singapore among the countries represented. All countries were represented in the project.
For more on this Diabetes Awareness Project and to view the video click here.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
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Monday, November 5, 2007
Contact Sue Frye: 031 205 9886/2059680/0842280993: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, October 27, 2007
"We're racing in a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle," said Desert Dingo Racing co-owner Mike Aquino. "We'll average about 25 miles an hour if we're lucky."
Aquino, who has Type 2 diabetes, said the team drew its inspiration from the 2005 documentary "Dust to Glory" which chronicled the trophy trucks, dune buggies, motorcycles, pro race teams - and the stock VWs - as they raced the length of the Mexico's Baja California peninsula.
This year's event is expected to include teams from more than a dozen countries and more than 300,000 spectators will line the course. Race Week runs from November 10-16 and coincides with World Diabetes Day on November 14.
For more information on the team, visit http://www.desertdingo.com
Also visit the International Diabetes Federation for more and to donate.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Sue sent in the following information. Your support for this event will be appreciated:
On Sunday 28th October we will be having a Health AWARENESS DAY in celebration of World Diabetes Day. We are very fortunate, through the generosity of a Sponsor to have the use of King’s Park Athletics Stadium, NMR Avenue, DURBAN, from 10h00 to 16h00.
We will have HEALTHY food, HEALTHY bodies and anything pertaining to a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE available. This will include items for sale, including fresh fruit & vegetables, diabetic jams, muesli, dried fruit & nuts, recipe books and many more. There will be other items on display – and for sale- plants, how to grow your own veges, outdoor living equipment, gymnastic and gym displays – speak to a Personal Trainer or a Biokinetist and even pamper yourself with a massage, laser treatment, aromatherapy, reflexology, podiatry, healthy Spar baths, foot mats, exercise equipment and much more. Healthy ideas for lunch boxes – both for the office and school. Retail therapy for all! Healthy food and drink will also be on sale for breakfast, lunch and tea!
For all of you with diabetes, we will have all the latest equipment on display – come and feel, touch, experiment with all the new glucometers, strips and anything relating to your diabetes. Blood glucose, BP. BMI testing will be available. The experts will be available to answer all your questions – the A-Z of diabetes. For the children with Diabetes we will be selling books by Kids & Care. Kids & Care will also be launching a movie on World Diabetes Day on “The life of the rural child with Diabetes”. Some of the cast will be there – come and meet them!!
Diabetes Action Group contact details:
Tel & Fax: 031 205 9886
031 205 9680
Cell: Sue: 084 228 0993
Bill: 082 087 7638
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The goal is to bring it to 6. I am told that if this can be achieved then the onset of diabetic complications can be delayed even further.
Below are two links with more detailed information on the HBA1c test:
"In the blood stream are the red blood cells, which are made of a molecule, haemoglobin. Glucose sticks to the haemoglobin to make a 'glycosylated haemoglobin' molecule, called haemoglobin A1C or HbA1C. The more glucose in the blood, the more haemoglobin A1C or HbA1C will be present in the blood.
Red cells live for 8 -12 weeks before they are replaced. By measuring the HbA1C it can tell you how high your blood glucose has been on average over the last 8-12 weeks. A normal non-diabetic HbA1C is 3.5-5.5%. In diabetes about 6.5% is good.
The HbA1C test is currently one of the best ways to..."
Read more at this link
"In the normal 120-day life span of the red blood cell, glucose molecules join hemoglobin, forming glycated hemoglobin. In individuals with poorly controlled diabetes, increases in the quantities of these glycated hemoglobins are noted."
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Are there any other companies out there to enter the SA market and maybe push prices down?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Watch the video below to learn more...
Read the Resolution here
The official website for the campaign is here.
Monday, September 10, 2007
The South African Government has proposed changes to food labels in South Africa. The government has asked for comments and submissions from the citizens of the country. The media release from the government states the following:"The regulations deal specifically with health and nutrition claims with the aim of ensuring more honest and responsible food labels and marketing practices. They are intended to promote consumer education by either highlighting particular nutritional content of food in a responsible manner or by indicating the role of a particular food or food component or nutrients in the maintenance of health. The criteria for all categories of nutrition claims (nutrient content, glycaemic index and comparative claims) and health claims (function, enhanced function, reduction of disease risk, probiotics, prebiotics and slimming claims), level the playing field for all food manufacturers and ensure the quality and reliability of information that is intended for consumers."
We wish to find out how the proposed legislation will affect those of us that need nutritional information eg carbohydrate content to plan our meals etc...To view the full government document click on the link below. Leave your comments on this blog and I will send it to the Department of Health.
GOVERNMENT GAZETTE NO 30075 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH No. R 642 20 July ...
Friday, August 3, 2007
When I was diagnosed 22 years ago, I adopted a positive attitude from the very beginning. One of the things that helped me develop a positive attitude was learning that there were many successful individuals who had diabetes.
Thomas Edison, Mary Tyler Moore, Nikita Kruschchev and painter Paul Cezanne were all high achieving individuals who had diabetes. Today and throughout history, many diabetics have reached fame, even in demanding careers.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
But we have to continue with our lives and not allow the routine to become an obstacle. When I was initially diagnosed I had to explain to friends what diabetes was. And it was difficult for many of them to understand it. Until one day I thought of a simple analogy: A person without diabetes is actually driving an automatic car, while having diabetes is like driving a manual car with the clutch and gear shift. We have to do a bit more work to keep ourselves moving forward.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Diabetic Retinopathy is what it is called. This is supposed to be the leading cause of blindness in adults.
Well, since then I have had laser surgery in both eyes to stop the bleeding. But all this time I have had to continue working. Unfortunately , diabetic retinopathy is a progressive condition and I have to deal with the prospect of blindness. This is not an easy task when you have a young family and still a lot of things to do for them. Ever since I was diagnosed as diabetic since the age of 18, I always knew that I will be facing diabetic complications.
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing my experiences relating to this condition. Interestingly it took me three days to see an an eye specialist to help me because my regular eye specialist was away on a conference. Thankfully the support of my wife and family have helped to keep me sane.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Type 1 diabetes mellitus is characterized by loss of the insulin-producing beta cells of the islets of Langerhans of the pancreas. Sensitivity and responsiveness to insulin are usually normal, especially in the early stages. This type of diabetes can affect children or adults, but is termed "juvenile diabetes" because it represents a majority of cases of diabetes affecting children and young adults. Insulin injections or "shots" are required as in most cases the Islets of Langerhans in the pancreas stop producing this hormone.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is due to a combination of defective insulin secretion and defective responsiveness to insulin (often termed reduced insulin sensitivity). In early stages the predominant abnormality is reduced insulin sensitivity, characterized by elevated levels of insulin in the blood.
Onset generally at pregnancy and symptoms are shortlived. Sugar levels often return to normal after pregnancy.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
To Educate and inform
To Engage in Advocacy for issues that affect diabetics – legal, financial, etc …
To Establish a network for diabetics
To Establish a Diabetes Information Centre
I have often heard that the treatment of diabetes is a team effort that includes the patient, doctor, dietitians and related service providers. But my experience has been to the contrary. I had to personally seek out help and advice. Doctors do not provide a complete service and those doctors who specialise in treating diabetics are very expensive and sometimes inaccessible. My goal is to encourage diabetics to take "control" of their future. Everyday we are engaged in a battle to control our sugar levels. So lets take control of our lives as well!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
This month, February 2007, will be 21 years that I have been a Type 1 Diabetic. Yes for the past 21 years I have been taking insulin shots 4 times a day and coping well with this disease. I feel that it is about time that I shared my trials and tribulations with the rest of the world. It is widely known that there is no cure for Diabetes, only treatment. They say that education is the key to living with Diabetes. It is my hope to create a network of Diabetics who are thriving in spite of the difficulties we face on a daily basis. There are many people who are doing great work for diabetics. But I believe that we (Diabetics) should take "control" of our own future. We should be directly involved in helping ourselves and helping our fellow diabetics who are afflicted by this disease. So keep in touch and look out for news and information. In the meantime send me your comments and watch this space...