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Looking for a Type 1 diabetes specialist

Hey there,

I have to congratulate you for this website!

I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 30 years now and have been taken care of (or not) in the public health system for most of this period. For the past 12 years I have been treated by physicians in the private sector, but unfortunately have had to change them ever so often.

I find that they know how to treat Type 2 diabetics very well, but certainly faff around when it comes to me. From my own experience, I found that paediatricians know how to deal with Type 1 diabetics very well, but once I outgrew the paediatric department, I was left to manage my disease entirely on my own.

Are there any real specialists in the Johannesburg area that could assist in this regard? I pretty much visit the doctor only to get repeat prescriptions. I alter my insulin doses and diet as and when it is necessary on my own. I am 36 years old now and am starting to worry about the fact that I have been doing this on my own for about 23 years now.

Any suggestions from the community?

Kind regards,
– Janice du Preez

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  1. Lyn Starck Lyn Starck

    Dear Janice
    Congratulations on managing your Diabetes
    You do need to see a physician at least every 6 months to check bloods, eyes and kidney function as you have had Diabetes a long time and problems can occur very subtlely without you feeling anything e.g early retinopathy of the eye and protein in the urine.
    There are numerous physicians in the Johannesburg area and I suggest you contact the centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology(Dr Larry Distiller et al) who can assist you to find a suitable doctor in your area.They all are very experienced in managing Type 1 Diabetes.
    You could also phone the Johannesburg Diabetes Assosciation at 011-8862735
    Hope this is useful
    Lyn Starck

  2. Waheeda Ally Waheeda Ally

    You can contact Dr Segal at the Donald Gordan (Wits University). I do not have his contact number on hand.
    Hope this is useful.
    Waheeda Ally

  3. Xenia Meyer Xenia Meyer


    My name is Xenia Meyer and I have been a Type 1 diabetic for 36 years now. I am 47 years old and I saw Dr Larry Distiller at the Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology for many years, as a child and teen, and I attribute a lot of my health to what he taught me. I live in Durban now so I do not have his contact details.

    I am currently on the Medtronic Insulin pump used with the sensors and my last HBA1c was 6.1. I feel good, my hypo’s have improved and I really like being on the pump treatment. If any one needs more information about insulin pump details please do not hesitate to contact me.

    Can somebody help with more information on the success of stem cell treatment in Kiev for diabetes?

    Kind regards


    • Sanjay Sanjay

      Dear Xenia,
      Thanks for your input and am glad for your success in managing your diabetes.
      I am also 47 with 17 years of diabetes.
      I am currently experiencing the beginning of diabetic neuropathy. Any advise of specialists treating this in Durban. I am aware of a Dr Tudhope at Wilgers and Montana in Pretoria and plan to see her if I cannot find someone in Durban.


    • mabuti mabuti

      hi my name is mabuti i have type one dab… is b a month now i dont no what to eit or do pls hlp me. my number are 076 315 3727

  4. sam more sam more

    Please help. I also need a diabetic doctor around Pretoria

  5. I need diabetic Doctor who will accept Discovery Medical Aid in Johannesburg, Fourways area

    • Hi Sipho!
      Most diabetic doctors accept Discovery Medical Aid – if you’re diabetic, you can claim a certain number of visits to an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist) for free as part of your PMBs (Prescribed Minimum Benefits). Call Discovery and ask them to send you your PMBs. In Johannesburg you can go to Dr Zaheer Bayat or Dr Sundeep Ruder, they are both very good.

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