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2018 Kids Camp for children with type 1 diabetes

Diabetes SA will be holding their annual Kids Camp for children with type 1 diabetes, at Mylor Baptist Camp on Saturday 5 to Sunday 6 May 2018.

The camp is for children aged 10—12 years at the time of camp.

Keep your eye out for expressions of interest that will be arriving in the mail soon.

  • Click here to download .pdf 2018 Kids Camp— Expression of Interest.

Please contact Diabetes SA if your contact details have changed or you have not received an expression of interest. 

All expressions of interest close of 16 February 2018.

Diabetes SA cannot run these camps without the support of staff, volunteers and leaders. If you are interested in any of these roles, please contact Health Services at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 1300 198 204.

Would you like to find out more about Kids Camps?




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.

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YOU are the most important member of your diabetes team

Diabetes is about self management and a long term commitment to good health

youIt can be a challenge to balance the requirements that come with managing a condition like diabetes.

We are here to support you along your journey and encourage you to become engaged in your health.

Health professionals form one part of your team, and aim to assist you to make effective and personalised decisions about your own health.

Our focus at Diabetes SA is on you

We aim to provide you with options whilst encouraging you to focus on your own goals and overall wellbeing.

We feel it is important that you find the information that allows you to make the best choices.

We believe that:

  • It is important you understand your diabetes, its effects and the need to make changes.
  • You should feel empowered through education and information to enable you to confidently participate in the decisions about managing your condition.
  • You should be able to address issues around motivation and your capacity to make changes with your team.
  • You should feel that you can openly ask questions of your health care team, and that you should be able to know how to access and evaluate information about your condition.
  • You take responsibility for your health care.
  • You should be at the centre of your care, and we are here for the ongoing support you will need for the road ahead of you.

Get in touch with Diabetes SA today.

Knowledge is power

Empowering people to live well with diabetes

Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have had diabetes for a while, our Health Services Team members are here to help you manage living with diabetes.

By becoming a Diabetes SA member, you will gain access to our comprehensive range of services that are designed to provide the information you will need to live well with diabetes. 

Membership benefits

  • Support over the phone and face to face when you need it.
  • A range of products to help you manage your diabetes, members save 25% and receive FREE postage on orders.
  • FREE Living magazine members receive three times a year.
  • FREE to borrow resources from our library.
  • Savings of $40 on consulations with our Dietitian or Diabetes Educators.
  • FREE access to education sessions to help you set your own smart goals.
  • FREE members-only sessions including Expert Speaker Series, Supermarket Tour (Shop Well), Market Tour and Podiatry Clinic.

Join today.



Member story

darrylThis is Darryl Stoldt's story. Beginning with a terrifying health scare, we follow his story through his journey of recovery and the special people that helped him along the way.

Darryl's story

Hello, my name is Darryl Stoldt and I live with type 2 diabetes! I was a 47 year old male that weighed 125kgs. I drank around six cans of soft drink every night and I didn't mind the odd can of Jack Daniels. I would start every morning with a 600ml iced coffee and I ate a lot of takeaways as well as smoking a packet of 30s a day and never exercised.

The day Darryl's life was about the change

My story starts on Father's Day 2016, the day my life was about to change. That night around 7pm I decided to have an early night as I was not feeling well. I thought I had a bad case of heart burn which I used to suffer a lot from. I had fallen asleep for a couple of hours when I suddenly awoke, doubled over in pain. I woke my daughter and asked her to take me to the hospital. She drove me to Noarlunga hospital where they put me on a heart monitor and took some blood tests, around five minutes later the nurse came back in and told me I was having a severe heart attack.

Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

The tests also highlighted that I had diabetes and my blood sugar levels were 15.7, along with high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. The worse part of this news was seeing the response on my two kid’s faces. Within 20 minutes I was rushed to Flinders Medical Centre where I was taken straight in to have a stent put in. I was in intensive care for three days and in hospital for a week.

Getting diabetes under control

Now all I had to do was get my diabetes under control. After talking to a diabetes nurse and getting to know all of my medication, it was time to go home and start my new life change.

My two children had already started it for me; before I got home they had thrown out all the junk food and gave away all my soft drinks along with my cigarettes. When I got home and saw this I was so thankful and I made sure they knew this was not going to beat me, they were stuck with me for a while yet!

I started doing a six week heart rehab course which got me starting to exercise; I also took a three day diabetes nutrition course. I started walking 10 minutes a day then slowly increasing it longer; I'm currently able to walk 2 hours a day! I became a member of Diabetes SA and I got a lot of valuable information as well as registering on the NDSS. I went to a diabetes workshop at the Convention Centre in Adelaide where they gave out a lot of great information.

Information, education and support

My advice is “every bit of information or help you get offered don't be ashamed to accept it, all the help you can get, take it”, I did and I can happily say, I got my diabetes under control thanks to all this wonderful help.

I recently went on a diabetes walkathon with my friends and family. It was a great day and we raised over $10,000 for a great cause. Seven months later and I am 15kgs lighter, I have not had a cigarette since my heart attack and I have cut down on take away and soft drink by at least 80% resulting in me halving my cholesterol levels!

I could not have done this without all the help from my friends and family and special thanks to my kids Kyle & Breanna - you both saved my life.

Read the original article

Click here to read the original article. Published in Diabetes SA Living Magazine – July 2017, page 10.

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Spend $55 at Diabetes SA retail shop in Hilton, get one of the following for FREE*:

TRUEuniversal Regular Lancets 28G + TRUEresult Mini Blood Glucose Meter

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This offer is valid until 28 February 2018 with instore purchases valued at $50 or more.


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Benefits of sleep

sleepHow can a lack of sleep affect your health?

A lack of sleep can affect your health, your mood and your quality of life. Ideally we should be spending approximately 7 to 9 hours a day sleeping.

Studies from the Australian Sleep Health Foundation show a high percentage of Australians are affected by fatigue and exhaustion on a daily basis due to inadequate or ineffective sleep.

Sleep difficulties tend to be more common for people with diabetes.

What happens during sleep?

  • When a person is sleeping, the brain and body can recover from the day and get ready for the next day. ‹‹
  • Any learning that took place is reinforced. ‹‹ Studies show the process of dreaming during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep can be important for learning new things. ‹‹
  • Stress hormone levels are low; this lowers blood pressure and allows the heart to relax. ‹‹
  • Growth hormone is released, this helps muscles and other parts of the body recover from wear and tear that occurs during the day.

Not getting enough sleep?

Not getting enough sleep or enough quality sleep for a few nights can lead to:

  • Feeling tired or sleepy ‹‹
  • Feeling irritable ‹‹
  • Trouble paying attention and learning new things ‹‹
  • Higher blood pressure ‹‹
  • Higher blood glucose levels

People with poor sleep over many years are at higher risk of:

  • Gaining weight ‹
  • Developing diabetes
  • Developing heart disease ‹
  • Getting sick more often
  • Having a shorter life expectancy

Causes of poor sleep

For people with diabetes, there are several common causes of poor sleep.

These include: sleep apnoea, restless legs syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, high and low blood glucose levels, depression, anxiety and stress.

Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)

Sleep apnoea is one of the most common sleep disorders and can affect both adults and children. The most common type of sleep apnoea is called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). This is where the airway becomes blocked or collapses during sleep, which causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses.

Symptoms of sleep apnoea:

  • Snoring ‹‹
  • Waking up many times during the night ‹‹
  • Morning headaches ‹‹
  • Feeling irritable or depressed ‹‹
  • Feeling tired during the day ‹‹
  • Falling asleep during the day ‹‹
  • High blood pressure

Treatment for sleep apnoea:

  • Healthy eating
  • Being physically active
  • Lose weight (losing 10% of your body weight can make a big difference)
  • Not drinking alcohol before bed
  • Sleeping on your side or stomach rather than on your back
  • Preventing a stuffy nose by treating allergies or other nasal problems

Severe sleep apnoea may be treated with 'continuous positive airway pressure' or 'CPAP'(this blows air under pressure through a hose and into a mask that you wear over your nose and/or mouth.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

Restless legs syndrome is a condition that causes unusual feelings with a person’s legs, especially at night. The causes are unknown.

Common sensations experienced are:

  • Creepy-crawly
  • Twitchy
  • Achy
  • Electrical

These sensations tend to go away once you move around. It can also occur in the arms or other parts of the body.

Peripheral neuropathy

Diabetes can cause nerve damage called diabetic neuropathy. The most common type is peripheral neuropathy. This causes numbness, tingling and pain in the feet and hands.

High and low blood glucose

Blood glucose levels can vary, when they are high (above 15 mmol/L), you may feel thirsty and drink a lot. You may get up several times during the night to use the bathroom and this can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

Low blood glucose level (below 4 mmol/L) can also disrupt sleep. Certain types of diabetes medications such as insulin or sulphonylureas increase the risks of low blood glucose levels. Talk with your diabetes health professional about changing your treatment plan if your blood glucose levels are too high or too low.

Depression, anxiety or stress

Depression, anxiety and stress are common for people with diabetes, it can affect blood glucose levels and can cause sleep problems. Stress is a part of everyone’s life but too much stress can lead to high or low blood glucose levels, depression, anxiety and other health problems.

Diagnosing sleep problems

If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, the first step is to talk to your diabetes health professional. They may recommend that you have a sleep study to be certain about the diagnosis of the problem as well as understand the severity of the condition. A sleep study involves sleeping in a special laboratory overnight while wearing monitors that measure what your body does while you sleep. A technician will put monitors on you in the evening and watch the computer screen while you sleep.

How to sleep better

Sleep is essential for health and wellbeing. Here are some suggestions for a better nights’ sleep:

  • Go to bed at the same time and get up from bed at the same time each day ‹‹
  • Exercise during the day, not too close to bedtime ‹‹
  • Stay off personal electronic devices such as your phone, tablet or computer for at least two hours before bed 
  • Try to spend some time outdoors ‹‹
  • Make the bedroom as restful as possible ‹‹
  • Use your bed only for sleep and sex ‹‹
  • Take medications as directed ‹‹
  • Avoid alcohol late in the evening 

Read the original article

Click here to read the original article. Published in Diabetes SA Living Magazine – July 2017, page 30.

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