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If you want to get all the latest articles, advice and news about diabetes in South Africa, there are three ways to stay connected to Sweet Life: our free diabetes newsletter, our free daily diabetes emails, and our Facebook page.

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1. Sign up for our free diabetes newsletter

Once a month, we send out an email with all the most exciting diabetes information, news and competitions. It’s the one newsletter everyone with diabetes in South Africa should be reading. You can expect interesting articles, competitions, helpful tips and advice on how to live a happy, healthy life with diabetes.

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A few times a week, we publish articles and advice from our team of experts about living with diabetes. Everything from diabetes diet advice to weight loss tips, guides and updates. We also have articles straight from our community members, telling us what life with diabetes is like for them. Here’s what our community blog looks like.

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Life is so busy that it’s easy to forget to stay up to date with diabetes information. But we’ve found that gentle reminders – once a month, once a week – on how to eat the right things and look after yourself with diabetes can make all the difference. We’re all in this together.


  1. Nicolaas Germishuizen Nicolaas Germishuizen

    It can help

  2. WA Shenker WA Shenker

    I need help

  3. Phuti Phuti

    Can I use on my family member?

    • Yes, the information will be helpful for family members 🙂

  4. Sandra Bester Sandra Bester

    why can’t you inject byetta after a meal? If you forgot to inject prior eating what must you do.

    • Hi Sandra,
      Unfortunately we aren’t medical specialists so can’t advise on medication – can you ask your doctor? Sorry we can’t help!

      • Kobus Steyn Kobus Steyn

        Hi there, I actually don’t have a doctor to ask is there anyone on the group that can help in any way or refer us to please, I have the same question as Sarah. We are all human and forgot very seldom to inject before a meal, would like to know what I can do if that is the case?

        • Hi Kobus and Sarah!
          I asked one of the doctors on our Panel of Experts and she said:
          MIMS (the Monthly Index of Medical Specialities – a pharmaceutical prescribing reference guide) says 1 hour pre meal. If you’ve forgotten your dose, skip it for the whole day or until your next meal (depending what time of day you take it). Hope that makes sense?

  5. Sunita Weston Sunita Weston

    My housemate is type 1 diabetic and used last of his pen last night. He usually goes to the clinic but obviously they are closed today which only spells disaster. We reside near N1 City, Goodwood, Cape Town. Any advice please where i can urgently buy a pen for him. He does not manage it very well with his sweet tooth and i suspect his count is way over 30 again, as i observe everything as a rule to make sure nothing happens to him. Please help

    • Hi Sunita!
      Hope your housemate is okay? You can buy insulin from any pharmacy, but only with a prescription… He’s lucky to have you as his housemate!

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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.