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Diabetes SA Healthe-News – April 2017 - social media

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April 2017


Welcome to the second edition of Healthe-News for 2017, providing tips and advice to help you make informed decision about your diabetes management. If you couldn't attend the Diabetes SA's Annual Food and Health Seminar 'A Healthy Gut — The Facts on Fibre', the seminar webcast is now available online.

Don't forget you can still qualify for the Early Bird prize for the 2017 Winners Are Grinners Lottery if you return a complete sold lottery book by 7 April 2017. Lastly, please continue to support the Diabetes SA Clothing Collection until the 30 June as every donation counts.

Tips for a healthier Easter

easter-eggsWhen most people hear the word 'Easter' they would probably think about a long weekend filled with good quality family time, celebrations, chocolate eggs and hot cross buns.

Having diabetes doesn't mean you have to miss out on these foods, but moderation is definitely the key! Easter, like Christmas time, comes around once a year so indulging in chocolate is fine, especially if you balance it with healthy eating and physical activity.

Click here to find out more.

Blood glucose monitoring


Self-blood glucose monitoring is a diabetes management tool, enabling you to check your own blood glucose levels. Regular testing and recording of your blood glucose levels can help you monitor the effects of and understand the link between blood glucose, food, exercise and insulin. Your Credentialled Diabetes Educator, GP or Endocrinologist will provide a plan for monitoring your blood glucose levels, and information about interpreting your results. 

Lancing is an essential part of successful diabetes management. Lancet devices are used with a lancet to prick the skin to obtain the blood sample needed to monitor blood glucose levels. This piercing of the skin allows people to draw a small drop of blood to the surface in order to test blood glucose levels using a blood glucose meter and blood glucose strips. Most of the lancing devices have a depth gauge of some sort.

Click here to find out more.

Expert Speaker Series 2017

All Expert Speaker Series sessions are FREE to Diabetes SA members

If you're thinking about joining Diabetes SA, now is the best time! The remaining 2017 Expert Speaker Series education sessions will focus on gum health, neuropathy, dementia, women's heart health, hearing, and arthritis.

Click here to see all 2017 Expert Speaker Series sessions. Book now as these sessions book out fast.


Diabetes and Gum Health — Cathy Nelson, SA Dental Service

21 June 2017 — Cathy Nelson from SA Dental Service will discuss oral health and diabetes and how you can prevent gum disease from occurring.

Click here to book online.

Tony-RobertsDiabetes and Neuropathy — Dr Tony Roberts, Endocrinologist

26 July 2017 — If your diabetes is well managed and you lead a healthy lifestyle, you can reduce the risk of developing diabetes-related complications. Come along and listen to Dr Tony Roberts who will discuss neuropathy and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Click here to book online.

Diabetes and Dementia — Clare Beard, Dementia Link Worker, Alzheimer's Australia SA

Clare-Beard23 August 2017 — There are more than 353,800 people living with dementia and many have coexisting medical conditions such as diabetes. Clare Beard will discuss if there is a connection between diabetes and dementia, and the latest research.

Click here to book online.

Upcoming education sessions

diabetes-managementImprove your knowledge and skills on various diabetes topics which can assist you with your self-management of your diabetes. Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for a while, we're here to help

We would like to invite you to the following education sessions:

  • Living Well with Type 2 (3 Week Series) May: 3 May, 10 May, 17 May
  • Living Well with Type 2 (3 Week Series) June: 7 Jun, 14 Jun, 21 Jun
  • Looking at Food Labels: 20 Apr, 30 May, 22 Jun
  • Market Tour: 18 May, 20 Jun (FREE to Diabetes SA members)
  • Basic Carbohydrate Counting for Diabetes Management: 17 May  (FREE to Diabetes SA members)
  • Live Well Series Type 1 Diabetes: Automated Bolus Calculators 10 May
  • Medications and Diabetes: 11 May
  • Shop Well: 9 May, 6 Jun (FREE to Diabetes SA members)
  • Positive Moves: 28 Jun
  • Podiatry Clinic: 16 May, 8 Jun (FREE to Diabetes SA members)

Bookings for all education sessions are essential, to book:

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A Healthy Gut — The Facts on Fibre

Webcast now available

Let's spill the beans on fibre! The Diabetes SA's Annual Health and Food Seminar featured experts in the field of diet and the digestive system, and provided an opportunity to learn about the benefits and impacts of dietary fibre for diabetes management. The guest speakers included Advanced Accredited Dietitian Glenn Cardwell and Dr Trevor Lockett, a Research Scientist from the CSIRO. The Diabetes SA Health Services Team conducted a cooking demonstration and made two quick, easy and tasty portable meal ideas.

Click here to watch the webcast online.

Click here to see photos from the event.


Research opportunity

ENDIA - Australia's largest study into the causes of type 1 diabetes

endiaThis national study aims to follow 1400 children (Australia-wide) who have a first degree relative with T1D to determine interactions between genes and the environment and how they affect the risk of T1D. Follow up will be during the pregnancy up until the child is around 36 months, and on until the child is up to 10 years of age. The primary outcome measure is persistent islet autoimmunity. ENDIA is an observational study, there are no interventions and participation is low risk.

Click here to find out more.

Latest news in health and diabetes

Dentists at the front line in diabetes epidemic


A study found that nearly one in five people with severe gum disease (periodontitis) had type 2 diabetes and if undiagnosed.

Severe gum disease may be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as diabetes.

Click here to find out more. 

Cardiomyopathy and diabetes: 5 tips for cutting your risk


Research links diabetes to a higher risk of cardiomyopathy: thickening, stiffening and other changes in the heart muscle. Studies show that the damage diabetic cardiomyopathy inflicts relates directly to blood glucose levels.

This article looks what causes it, what the symptoms are, how to reduce your risk, and what treatments are available.

Click here to find out more

Further evidence that a low-carbohydrate diet is effective in managing diabetes


Eating a low-carb diet is an "effective technique" to help manage diabetes, according to a new review.

Researchers found that if people reduced the amount of foods they ate containing starchy carbohydrates, it could significantly lower their blood sugar levels.

Click here to find out more.

The role of belly fat in type 2 diabetes and heart disease


In a recent study, scientists found that there is a link between belly fat and type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

This article looks at the genetic factor, the benefit of waist measurements and how to get rid of belly fat.

Click here to find out more.

Yes, what you eat affects your mental health


There's a very strong link between quality of diet and the risk of common mental disorders like depression and anxiety.

The reason why diet has an effect on mental health is due to the way certain dietary patterns influence parts of the brain.

Click here to find out more.

Diabetes SA articles

Diabetes SA Clothing Collection operation closure

Whilst the organisation is still sad about the upcoming closure of our Clothing Collection business it was reassuring to know we have made a difference in the community. Recently we received feedback from one of our donors/customers about the service our staff provided with specific mention of our team member Mridula.

Our hard working Clothing Collection team have demonstrated a great work ethic that has been recognised with this positive feedback. It also reinforces that the organisation has always done its best to provide a professional and routine service to all South Australians.

Do not forget it is business as usual for the drop off of donations to Hilton and Salisbury North until 30 June and every donation counts. See 'important dates' for more information.


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Membership news


Has your Diabetes SA membership lapsed or is it close to its renewal date? You can take advantage of this financial year pricing by renewing today to SAVE.

Membership price increases will take effect on May 1 2017. Our aim is to keep any increase to a minimum and in line with CPI for South Australia. To take advantage of the 2016 pricing, renew prior to May 1 2017, you will also go into the draw to win a reimbursement of your membership fee.

SPECIAL - Still not a member of Diabetes SA and receiving all the benefits including information, support, education and products?

Join today for one or two years and receive a FREE Accu Chek Guide meter valued at $39.95 including ten test strips and lancets to get you started, concession discounts available. Your health fund may reimburse your cost of membership to Diabetes SA, contact your health fund to determine your level of cover and what benefit may be available to you. Diabetes SA will provide you with a tax invoice to give your health fund for reimbursement.

2017 Winners are Grinners Lottery

There are 10 tickets in each book and to qualify for the Early Bird prize draw to win $1,000, simply return a complete sold book by 7 April 2017. To qualify for the VIP prize to win $1,000 – return a pre-ordered, complete sold book.

  • First prize VW POLO 66TSI Trendline DSG auto, VALUED AT $23,169
  • Second prize NZ CRUISE 13 night New Zealand Cruise for 2 people with Princess Cruises VALUED AT $5,399
  • Third prize $1,000 Westfield Voucher

Important dates:

  • Wednesday 7 June 2017 – lottery closes,
  • Friday 9 June 2017 – lottery drawn at Diabetes SA at 1pm.

Click here to buy your tickets and good luck!


Licence No M13253. Number of tickets 70,000. Conducted by Diabetes SA. Proceeds in aid of information, support and education. Drawn 1.00pm Friday 9 June 2017 at Diabetes SA. Results published in The Advertiser on Wednesday 14 June 2017.

Tax Appeal 2017

2017-tax-appealTax deductible donations are a great way to give your refund a boost while contributing to a worthy cause.

Please make a donation to Diabetes SA this year, your support is greatly appreciated and together, we can work towards empowering people to live well with diabetes.

Click here to find out more.

Members can save up to a huge 52% off on lancets*

Now is the best time to stock up! Diabetes SA members can save up to a huge 52% off on lancets*, up to 31% off on lancing devices* and up to 34% off on hypo treatments*. These great specials are available in store, over the phone, or online. Don't forget, postage is FREE for members.


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Entertainment Book 2017/2018 Membership now available


Pre-order your Entertainment Book Membership now to get over $140 of early bird offers. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time. 

Social media snapshot

Don't forget to join the conversation – be the first to read the latest news, view recent photos and check out inspiring recipes. Find Diabetes SA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Google+.

Australia's Healthy Weight Week

AHWW17-colesAustralia's Healthy Weight Week 13-19 February 2017 (#AHWW) was all about inspiring cooking at home to improve your health.

Research shows that when cooking at home, you have control over the ingredients and how much you serve up, therefore you're more likely to eat healthier foods in the right amounts for your body's needs.

Our Health Promotion Officer Danielle and APD Rachel hosted a quick cooking demonstration for the staff, showing that healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult - all you need is some fresh ingredients and a little bit of time. Connect with your local Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who can help you understand all foods and how they impact on blood glucose levels. 

As part of Healthy Weight Week 2017, Diabetes SA was asked to attend the Coles Distribution Centre's Health Day to hand out the Australian Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment (AusDrisk) Tool to staff. The Coles Health Day was part of a month-long campaign called 'Fit Feb' where all donations for the month from staff came to Diabetes SA!

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