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#DiabetesLooksLikeMe in South Africa for the first time!

On Tuesday 1st March 2022, for the first time ever, South Africans are uniting to show what diabetes looks like. Join the #DiabetesLooksLikeMe movement and post your photo with the hashtag on Tuesday 1st March 2022. Let’s show SA what diabetes really looks like.

What does diabetes look like in South Africa?

While it will be fun to see all the many faces of diabetes in South Africa on the 1st March, there’s something bigger and more important at stake here: diabetes representation.

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.

How to support #DiabetesLooksLikeMe

Join us by clicking here to update your profile picture.

You can also spread the word with these social media posts – directly or by sharing from our Instagram or Facebook profiles.

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SA Diabetes Advocacy

#DiabetesLooksLikeMe is a campaign from SA Diabetes Advocacy – an alliance of all the South African organisations of people with diabetes. Find out more at

Do you know the 5 symptoms of diabetes? Knowing the symptoms of diabetes is such important information. Once you understand what to look for, you’ll be able to share this knowledge with others.

Free Diabetes Guidebook: We’ve teamed up with Pick n Pay to bring you a free diabetes guidebook – helping you find your way to a healthy, happy life with diabetes. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes or you’ve been living with it for years, this guidebook has practical tips to help.

What is a diabetic diet? There is no such thing as a ‘diabetic diet’. But it is important to make dietary changes that are simple and progressive.

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Sweet Life is a registered NPO/PBO (220-984) with a single goal: to improve diabetes in South Africa. We are funded by sponsorships and donations from aligned companies and organisations who believe in our work. We only share information that we believe benefits our community. While some of this information is linked to specific brands, it is not an official endorsement of that brand. We believe in empowering people with diabetes to make the best decisions they can, to live a healthy, happy life with diabetes.