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2017 Live It Up Lottery

live-it-up-2017-logoYour support is greatly appreciated as it assists us with helping increase awareness, education, support and research – to people living with, or at risk of developing diabetes.

For just $2 a ticket you will be empowering people to live well with diabetes and go into the draw for one of two major prizes. The winner will have the choice of $20,000 cash or VW Polo Urban 7 Speed DSG (automatic) valued at $21,330 from Southern Volkswagen. You can either buy the tickets for yourself, or sell them to family and friends.

2017 Live It Up Lottery prizes

  • First prize $20,000 cash OR VW Polo Urban 7 Speed DSG (automatic) VALUED AT $21,330
  • Second prize $3,000 cash
  • Third prize $1,000 Westfield Voucher
  • Early Bird prize Win $1,000 – return a complete sold book by 20 October 2017 to enter the draw
  • VIP prize: Win $1,000 – return a pre-ordered, complete sold book to enter the VIP draw (become a VIP to be included in the next lottery)

Important dates

  • Friday 20 October 2017 – return a complete sold book to be included in the Early Bird prize,
  • Wednesday 6 December 2017 – lottery closes,
  • Friday 8 December 2017 – lottery drawn at Diabetes SA at 1pm.

Friday 8 December 2017 — Lottery drawn at Diabetes SA at 1pm.

Click here to see the winning ticket numbers.

Terms and conditions

  • By purchasing a lottery ticket, you agree to the Terms and Conditions. Prizes not transferable or redeemable for cash.


More information

  • Would you like to receive a number of books and get your workplace, sports or community club involved? Call 8354 5812 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Join our VIP list

Increase your chances of winning by entering our VIP list

Licence No M13354. Number of tickets 60,000. Conducted by Diabetes SA. Proceeds in aid of information, support and education. Drawn 1.00pm 8 December 2017 at Diabetes SA, 159 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton SA 5033. Results published in the Advertiser on 13 December 2017. Prizes not transferable or redeemable for cash.


Callum’s Challenge

Callum recently approached the organisation with a desire to help. Callum's story shows his family history with diabetes and the sudden and surprising diagnosis of his younger sister Caitlin. Callum grew up knowing about diabetes as his Nana has been Type 1 for somewhere around 40 years. They were still very close and he would spend most of his school holidays hanging out with her. As an inquisitive kid, Callum would always wonder what she injected herself with every time they ate. Eventually he figured out that she was injecting insulin to counteract her sugar levels. He would always help cover up her hip whilst she did this whenever the family went out for meals. Callum felt that was his small way of helping her.

Three years ago, Callum and his sister Caitlin went to their Nan's house for tea. "She would encourage us to do a blood test every now and then just to make sure we had the right blood/glucose levels." Callum's levels were always normal (between 4 and 6 mmol/L), and so were Caitlin's, but not on this night. Caitlin had an extremely high reading of 22.5 mmol/L. Caitlin was retested and her readings were consistently high. The very next morning Caitlin was taken to the family doctor who sent her off to the hospital. That was the weekend that changed the lives of their family. At just age 9 Caitlin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, something the family found difficult to comprehend.

Since then Callum has learned a lot more about diabetes and how to help his sister tackle the life changes that it brings, things no 9 year old should never experience. Caitlin is now 12, has been living with diabetes and been a member of Diabetes SA for three years.

Recently Callum felt the urge to do more than just help cover his Nan's hip or refrain from eating his sister's sugar free chocolate. As a sporty and active individual Callum saw an opportunity to achieve a personal goal and run a half-marathon in under 2 hours whilst raising money for Diabetes SA. Callum is going to undertake this challenge at the Adelaide Marathon festival on August 20th and hopes to raise awareness and much needed funds. The proceeds raised will go to Diabetes SA to help increase awareness, education, support and research – to people living with, or at risk of developing, diabetes.

You can support Callum by visiting his fundraising page at

Get behind Callum and help support Diabetes SA.



Understanding the glycemic index

Along with identifying the amount of carbohydrate in a meal, the glycemic index (GI) is an important dietary strategy used to manage blood glucose levels (BGLs), and the overall health of people living with diabetes. These two concepts are key, as all carbohydrate in food breaks down into glucose within approximately two hours of digestion.

Glucose metabolism

Carbohydrate is a macronutrient found in foods such as rice, bread, quinoa, pasta, cereals, fruit, starchy vegetables, legumes/pulses, milk, yoghurt and custard. It is also found in more processed, nutrient poor foods such as cakes, biscuits, chocolate, chips, lollies and sugar sweetened beverages. When we eat foods containing carbohydrate, they are digested and broken down into smaller sugars called glucose, fructose and galactose.

Glucose is immediately absorbed across the stomach lining into our bloodstream and fructose and galactose are converted to glucose before being absorbed into the blood stream. The rate at which glucose enters the blood stream from the food depends on a range of factors – this rate is the GI. Insulin is responsible for transporting this glucose from the blood stream into the trillions of cells in your body to be used for energy production.

The GI

As previously mentioned, the GI is used to rank carbohydrate containing foods according to their rate of digestion and therefore effect on BGLs after eating. Low GI foods are slowly digested and absorbed and produce small fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels.

In comparison, high GI foods are rapidly digested and absorbed, producing a more pronounced fluctuation in blood glucose levels.


Historically, carbohydrate foods were referred to as simple or complex, suggesting that ‘simple’ carbohydrate foods are digested more quickly compared to more ‘complex’ carbohydrates. However, the introduction of the GI illustrated the complexity of this topic and made the words simple and complex terms of the past.

It is also commonly believed that low fibre foods have a high GI and in comparison, high fibre foods have a low GI. This is not always the case. It is not the amount of fibre or carbohydrate that determines the GI of a food.

Factors influencing the GI  

Some of the factors influencing the GI include:

  • The type of starch (amylose versus amylopectin) found in the food – amylose breaks down slower into glucose therefore foods with a lower amylose content will have a higher GI (e.g. Jasmine rice).
  • The type of sugar – the disaccharides (two simple sugars joined together) fructose and lactose will breakdown more slowly compared to glucose, this is why milk, yoghurt and most fruits have a low GI.
  • The physical state of the food – highly processed foods often have a high GI because the processing makes the starches and the sugars more easily digested. This is why instant oats have a higher GI than traditional rolled oats.
  • The fat and protein content of the food or whole meal – remember, we eat foods in combination (not isolation). If a meal has a high fat or protein content the digestion of the whole meal, including the carbohydrate content, will be delayed. This is why pizza and chocolate have a low GI. Did we mention that low GI doesn’t always mean healthy!
  • The acidity of the food – adding acid (e.g. lemon or vinegar) to a meal will lower the GI.


The amount is still key

Although the GI is important, the amount of carbohydrate eaten is still key. Enjoying a low GI carbohydrate food in a large portion size will still produce a high blood glucose response. As a general rule, most people should allocate just one quarter of their plate to low GI carbohydrate foods. Bulk up your meal with non-starchy vegetables and enjoy a small amount of a quality protein source (think eggs, chicken, tuna and salmon) for muscle maintenance and a sustained appetite.

Health benefits of more low GI foods

Switching your staples to low GI options is beneficial for your overall health and wellbeing. In the short-term, these foods will help to control your appetite, stabilise your energy levels, optimise your concentration levels and reduce the blood glucose response to a meal.

This will reduce the insulin spikes (where relevant) and improve insulin sensitivity – great for BGL and weight management. In the long term, these foods will help you manage a healthy weight, reduce levels of unhealthy blood fats, and help to prevent diabetes related complications.

Read the original article

Click here to read the original article. Published in Diabetes SA Living Magazine – July 2016, page 15.

Additional information




The SMART programs are a range of short group education sessions designed to help you manage your diabetes.

CarbSmart (for people with type 2 and gestational diabetes)

Confused about carbs? This session will make you an expert on the myths and facts of carbohydrates. Learn about the different types of carbs and the amount that is best for you.

FootSmart (for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes)

Your feet are made for walking- so let's keep them healthy. This 90 minute session will teach you all you need to know about checking and caring for your feet.

MedSmart (for people with type 2 diabetes)

This workshop helps you understand what your medications are, what they do and how to address any concerns you may have.

MeterSmart (for people with type 2 diabetes)

This practical skills session will show you all the best techniques for using your meter to help manage your diabetes.

ShopSmart in a classroom (for people with all types of diabetes)

Do you know what is really going into your trolley? Learn how to decode food labels and spot the techniques used to trick you into buying unhealthy food. 


The National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) is an initiative of the Australian Government administered with the assistance of Diabetes Australia.


Making the most of your Membership

Setting new goals focusing on your personal health and wellbeing

making-most-membershipSetting goals can help provide you with direction as well as motivation, particularly if you are feeling overwhelmed. By setting goals you are making a decision to act on something meaningful to you.

Some people like to set small, specific goals which can help from feeling overwhelmed. If you are unsuccessful achieving a small goal, you can always fine tune it. Here are a few tips about setting and achieving your health goals:

  1. Set small, appropriate goals.
  2. Be realistic. Set yourself up to succeed, however accept that sometimes you may not be successful the first time, don’t give up; try again. Take small steps.
  3. Understand you are an individual. When it comes to diabetes management your path is not the same as that of the person next to you. You may share the same goals, but your means of getting there may be different.
  4. Ask for help. Some things cannot be accomplished without help. 

So, how can we help you?

As a member of Diabetes SA you can access the support you may need to help you set and achieve your goals. You can book a consultation with one of our health professionals who can help you set realistic and achievable goals tailored to your specific needs. You can call us on the Helpline for advice and support along the way.

We have some great resources that are downloadable from our website, or call us for a printed version to be sent to you.

You may need some product advice, or a meter check-up. You may even need to update your meter or lancing device to one that is best suited to your needs. Our specialised staff can guide you in this respect; they will take the time you require to help you along your way. Make the most of our education sessions; we have a great line up of Expert Speakers this year who can motivate you and provide you with some of the tools you may need to work towards reaching your goal, as well as our regular program which is aimed at newly diagnosed as well as those people needing to update or refresh their knowledge.

Read the original article

Click here to read the original article. Published in Diabetes SA Living Magazine – March 2017, page 25.

Additional information



Consumer Level Recall of insulin cartridge

11 July 2017

Pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk A/S, in consultation with the TGA, has initiated a consumer level recall of some batches of their NovoPen Echo insulin cartridge holder after detecting there is a possibility they may crack or break if exposed to chemicals in certain cleaning agents.

People using a device with a cracked or broken cartridge holder can result in the device delivering a smaller dose of insulin than expected leading to high blood sugar levels, potentially putting the person at risk of hyperglycaemia.

Novo Nordisk has advised that if people clean the pens as described in the User Guide, there is no reason that cracking of the cartridge holder will occur.

The recall only relates to some batches of the cartridge holders and there are no reported problems with the insulin being administered. Novo Nordisk advises that the risk of patients experiencing high blood sugar levels due to an affected cartridge holder is extremely low.

Novo Nordisk is recalling all pens in the affected batches not currently issued to a patient. People with diabetes who use a NovoPen Echo should immediately check the batch number and if it is from one of the affected batches they should not use it but apply to Nova Nordisk for a replacement.

Click here to find out more.


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