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Watch the #DiabetesYourType campaign to see how we’re all different

What does a Diabetic South African look like? We’ve just started asking that question, and encouraging people to submit videos introducing themselves, what kind of diabetes they’re living with, and what that life is like. What is #DiabetesYourType?

Each person with diabetes is unique

That’s why I love the Sanofi #DiabetesYourType campaign: it’s all about how each person is unique and each life is different. We may both have Type 1 diabetes, you may both have Type 2 diabetes, but our experiences of living with Type 1 or Type 2 are completely different. Sanofi believes in personalisation: ensuring treatment is based on individual needs. I love their focus on advancing knowledge and taking action for individualised care. That means the way I’m treated for diabetes isn’t the way you’re treated, because we’re different people.

#DiabetesYourType Manifesto

Take a look at this video of Howza Mosese, South African musician and TV star, talking about living with diabetes.


Diabetes. Howza’s Type.

What does a Diabetic South African look like? We’ve just started asking that question, and encouraging people to submit videos introducing themselves, what kind of diabetes they’re living with, and what that life is like. What is #DiabetesYourType?

Each person with diabetes is unique

That’s why I love the Sanofi #DiabetesYourType campaign: it’s all about how each person is unique and each life is different. We may both have Type 1 diabetes, you may both have Type 2 diabetes, but our experiences of living with Type 1 or Type 2 are completely different. Sanofi believes in personalisation: ensuring treatment is based on individual needs. I love their focus on advancing knowledge and taking action for individualised care. That means the way I’m treated for diabetes isn’t the way you’re treated, because we’re different people.

#DiabetesYourType Manifesto

Take a look at this video of Howza Mosese, South African musician and TV star, talking about living with diabetes.


Diabetes. Howza’s Type.


Diabetes. Onthatile’s Type.

And here’s South African schoolgirl Onthatile explaining how diabetes impacts her life.


Diabetes. Menzi’s Type.

Here’s Menzi’s story of living life with diabetes (and kidney failure).

Here’s Menzi’s story of living life with diabetes (and kidney failure).


Diabetes. Bridget’s Type.

And here’s my diabetes diagnosis story, and how it changed my life.


#DiabetesYourType: Who are diabetic South Africans?

Do you want to share your story? Send us a video, or write your story and send it in with a photo. Tell us about life with diabetes – your life with diabetes. How do you manage your condition? How were you diagnosed and what’s changed since then? The videos can be short – less than a minute long – and recorded at home or work. We want to show what life with diabetes in South Africa is really like – what #DiabetesYourType looks like.

You can upload your stories to the Diabetic South Africans Facebook page, email them to us, or just share on social media using the hashtag #DiabetesYourType.

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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.