We are all in this together

In these unprecedented times, it is important to remember that the Diabetes SA team are here for you.

While we may not be at our home base at Hilton, the team are still delivering individual and personal service to our members and the community from their homes in every corner of Adelaide.

We will be providing lots of new resources and sharing information videos in the coming weeks to help you manage your diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Reconciliation Week 2020

27 May 2020

Diabetes SA is committed to supporting all people living with, or at risk of, diabetes to live well. During National Reconciliation Week, 27 May – 3 June, we especially recognise the impact diabetes had on our Indigenous communities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are at least four times more likely to have diabetes or pre-diabetes when compared to non-Indigenous Australians and this is something we are working hard to help resolve… together.

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week, how to get involved, and also what Diabetes SA is doing in this very important health education space.

Diabetes SA LIVE Webinars

14 May 2020

Diabetes SA has always been committed to providing education programs and services, seminars, and events for our members. At a time when face-to-face sessions are not possible, we have continued our commitment by developing a series of LIVE webinars.

The webinars will be presented by our team of health professionals, and are designed to keep you up to date about diabetes management. No matter where you are in South Australia, you can stay informed from the comfort of your home.

Register online today.

Information in your language about coronavirus (COVID-19)

13 May 2020

Diabetes SA has dedicated health professionals working with diabetes and the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) community. Please contact us if you need support or information.  Just call 1300 198 204 to speak to a member of our health services team.

With the world’s attention on COVID-19, the team compiled some available information to help you stay safe and well.

Healthier sweet treat for Mother's Day

8 May 2020

Mother’s Day is a special day where we get to spoil our mum’s and recognize all she does. Normally we might take flowers to mum and give her a big hug at the door. We might share lunch and laughs together at her home while she opens her card and presents. We might go to a restaurant or café and toast mum. This year, COVID-19 social distancing means things are a bit different, but we can still share some love and fun this Mother’s Day.

Here are some suggestions for a safe and memorable Mother’s Day for your mum…

  • Arrange for flowers or a goodie basket to arrive with contactless delivery
  • Leave some fresh picked flowers from your own garden on her doorstep for a surprise find (or call her to tell her to look outside)
  • Do a drive-by Mother’s Day with hand-made signs so she can sit outside and wave or even
  • Prepare a special treat together at the same time by using video on Facetime/Zoom/video WhatsApp and then sit down to eat it.

Here is a suggestion for a tasty and healthier sweet treat you can cook “together-apart” that mum will love, lime and berry panna cotta.

Membership – make the most of it!

6 May 2020

At Diabetes SA, our members are family. Everything we do, from providing professional health services, advocacy, raising awareness and improving community understanding of diabetes, is to support our members.

There are many benefits to being a member but, with so much going on, we understand it can be hard to remember everything!

Here is a little reminder about the all the benefits of being a Diabetes SA member. If you are not a member, and are living with diabetes, you can join us here.

Giving Tuesday – together we give thanks

5 May 2020

This year, Diabetes SA are a part of #GivingTuesdayNow because this global movement has been redefined to reflect the global impact of COVID-19. The focus is on Together We Give. Each Tuesday in May, a particular area of #Giving will be featured, and we would love you to get involved too! Here is the May #Giving lineup: #GiveThanks #GiveLocal #GiveTime #GiveWhatYouCan

So to kick off #GivingTuesdayNow, we want to #GiveThanks to these very important people…

  • Our Health Care professionals keeping people safe
  • Our amazing members for their support and inspiring stories
  • Our donors for their generous gifts
  • Our community for their recognition of our work

Who would you like to #GiveThanks to?

Concerning drop in diabetes check-ups

4 May 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, South Australians have consistently lead the way with low number of new cases by strictly complying to the social distancing restrictions issued by the state government. But, there is an emerging concern that some people may inadvertently be at greater risk of diabetes related complications by not keeping up with regular doctor or specialist appointments including vision, kidney and heart checkups.

Let's look at what the health professionals are saying and what you should do to keep yourself healthy at this time.

What does a balanced meal look like?

1 May 2020

Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean complicated recipes or ingredients that you do not like. You can create meals at home that are easy, tasty and healthy with a few simple steps. Check out the Diabetes SA Balanced Meals Guide and the accompanying tips from our Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Resource & tips: Balanced Meals Guide

COVID-19 and your driver's licence

29 April 2020

Amongst all the COVID-19 changes we are currently experiencing, there are important changes to medical certificate requirements related to your driver's licence. To ensure you are aware of the changes and how these may impact you, we have summarised them to make it easy for you to understand.

Find out more about these changes.

Telehealth – your health the safe way during COVID-19

27 April 2020

The team at Diabetes SA are always listening to the people that matter most to our organisation – YOU! Our Members – Our Donors – Our Community. We understand many of you have concerns about safely accessing your regular health professional, dietitian or diabetes educator at this present time, so we have implemented a new program called telehealth which is accessible by anyone living with diabetes here in South Australia.

Telehealth is a service is staffed by the professional team at Diabetes SA and you can nominate to have an appointment via the phone or even videoconference. It's very simple to use and completely private – just like your usual appointments.

Find out if the telehealth service can help you.

Meditation Yoga Nidra 

23 April 2020

We are hearing from our community that many people are finding it challenging to manage their emotional, physical and mental wellbeing in the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Healthy Mind series of short videos has been put together by Pamela, a Diabetes Educator and qualified yoga instructor.

The purpose of Yoga Nidra is to create a state of deep relaxation where the body is calm, and the mind is still, silent but aware. In this practice, the individual begins to access a deeper quality of rest while simultaneously accessing a new level of awareness.

Today we have Meditation Yoga Nidra to assist with achieving deep relaxation.

One ingredient four ways

21 April 2020

Choose your simple, tasty and nutritious meal adventure! For many people in the community, the COVID-19 self-isolating rules have meant that there is more cooking for one and less cooking for a crowd.

The talented dietitians at Diabetes SA have come up with some tasty and simple ways to use one readily available, staple meal item and turn out four different delicious dishes for any time of the day. You will never be bored with these great ideas!

MyDESMOND – Type 2 diabetes self-management resource now available online

17 April 2020

With all face-to-face diabetes education programs being cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, people with diabetes have been left with limited options to access their self-management education.

Following positive evaluation confirming significantly improved health outcomes, the MyDESMOND pilot program meets the immediate need for online resources to support people living with diabetes.

Diabetes SA is pleased to be collaborating with Diabetes WA and is offering an opportunity for South Australians living with type 2 diabetes to participate in the online MyDESMOND pilot program.

Sign up to MyDESMOND today.

Using leftovers

13 April 2020

There are so many ways to love leftovers and by using them you will reduce food waste, reduce your food budget and cut down on trips to the supermarket (which we are all trying to do at the moment!).

Here are our top tips for making use of your Easter leftovers:

  • Have them for lunch: leftover meals make a quick, easy and delicious lunch the next day.
  • Freeze it for later: package up leftover meals like casseroles, soups, curries or pasta dishes into individual serves; pop them in the freezer then defrost when you need it.
  • Add fresh salad or veggies and you have a delicious meal without the hassle of cooking.
  • Leftover roast or steamed veggies can be delicious in a salad; simply add them to mixed lettuce or baby spinach leaves, maybe add some leftover rice, pasta, pearl couscous or barley to have a filling and nutritious meal.
  • Alternatively, for more of a protein kick add leftover roast veg to eggs for a quick and easy frittata or omelette.
  • Leftover meat such as roast chicken, beef or fish can easily jazz up a salad or add your leftover meat to some basmati rice and vegetables for a quick fried rice or stir-fry.

Why not try our delicious Asian chicken noodle soup using your leftover roast chicken or cooked chicken breast.

Did someone say… baking?

11 April 2020

If you have kids at home this Easter, you might like to do something creative to keep them entertained… like baking! Make some time to bake some delicious treats to place on the doorstep of friends or neighbours (if they make them out the door that is!). As a starter, you might like to give our delicious hot cross bun recipe a try. These buns are full of extra fibre from the wholemeal flour and dried fruit so they will be sure to satisfy your taste buds and keep you feeling full for longer.

Fun Fact: Our hot cross bun recipe contains cinnamon which is a spice that comes from the branches of the ‘Cinnamomum’ trees found in South America, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. Research has suggested that in larger amounts, cinnamon has benefits for blood glucose management but in this recipe, it’s all about the delicious spicy flavour it provides to our hot cross buns.

Get ready to bake, try our hot cross buns recipe.

Easter eating

10 April 2020

This year, for those who celebrate Easter, it will be different… This year we can’t come together with extended family and friends for the usual big BBQ lunch, picnic at the park or day at the beach but there are still many things to enjoy. For people living with diabetes, Easter is a time when you can indeed savor chocolate or hot cross buns, but hand in hand with the practice of mindful eating to manage your blood sugar levels.

Our trained team of Accredited Practising Dietitians have some suggestions to ensure you can join in the celebrations and stay healthy. So have fun, eat well, join all the festivities of others via Facetime or Skype so that in the future, all celebrations will be so much sweeter.

Find some Easter eating tips.

Simple breath awareness

9 April 2020

Are you Stressed? Are you Anxious? Are you Worried? If these words resonate with you… you are not alone. At Diabetes SA, we are fortunate to have an outstanding team who are here to support YOU. Pamela is part of our Health Services team and among her many professional skills, she is a yoga instructor.

Pamela has filmed a series of short yoga sequences, from breathing techniques to physical activity for our new education resource – Healthy Mind.

We encourage you to try today’s first technique “Simple Breath Awareness” at home… many of the Diabetes SA team have tested it on ourselves and it really works! Please let us know how you go…

Working from home snack suggestions

7 April 2020

SnacksWith many people working from home or spending more time at home due to the coronavirus, healthy eating can certainly be challenging. With the fridge and pantry within easy reach it can be tempting for more of those discretionary or ‘sometimes’ foods (lollies, chocolate, chips, biscuits, fried foods, takeaway) to sneak in that we wouldn’t normally have during our usual routine. Having healthy snacks on hand can help you make more nutritious choices throughout the day.

Let’s take a look at some snack ideas to help keep you healthy while spending more time at home.

Sick day management – What you need to know

6 April 2020

When you are unwell managing your blood glucose levels can be an extra challenge. When unwell, your body releases stress hormones to help fight the illness or infection. These hormones make your liver release more of its stored glucose into your blood stream and they also make your body more resistant to insulin, both of which lead to an increase in your blood glucose levels.

It is important to discuss your sick day management plan with your diabetes health care team before you become unwell, so that you know what to do if it happens. As with most aspects of your diabetes management, your sick day management plan will be individual to you, the type of diabetes you are living with and your usual treatment regimen.

When you feel unwell you will need to monitor your blood glucose levels more frequently, usually every two to four hours until levels are back in your target range.

People living with type 1 diabetes will need to monitor their ketone levels. Your sick day management plan should be followed if blood ketones are positive (more than 0.6mmol/L) or if blood glucose levels are higher than 15mmol/L for six hours or more, even if you are feeling well.

People living with type 2 diabetes should follow their sick day management plan if blood glucose levels have been higher than 15mmol/L for eight to twelve hours or more, even if you are feeling well.

It is important to continue to take your prescribed medications and/or insulin. The two exceptions to this are metformin and SGLT2 inhibitors (e.g. Forxiga, Xigduo, Qtern, Jardiance, Glyxambi, Jardiamet), if you are taking these and have vomiting or diarrhoea you may need to stop them so contact your doctor for further advice.

For those on insulin, it is normal to have to increase your doses when unwell. Refer to your sick day management plan or talk to your health care team for advice on how to do this.

When you are sick and blood glucose levels are elevated you may be at risk of severe dehydration. It is important to keep fluids up, if you are unable to maintain normal eating and drinking contact your health care professional.

When unwell it is important to let a friend, neighbour or family member know so that they can check in on you regularly. If your symptoms worsen, you experience confusion, drowsiness, chest pain or shortness of breath or are unable to keep your blood glucose levels above 4mmol/L seek medical attention immediately.

Information sheet: Managing sick days for diabetes management

Managing worry around COVID-19 and diabetes

2 April 2020

The Diabetes SA team remain here to support you and assist with managing your diabetes and we are committed to making sure you, our community, know you can turn to us. For today, we will share with you some information from NDSS to help remind you in times where nothing seems in control, there are things you can do for yourself to help get you through this. Enjoy the read and please stay safe everyone.

Information sheet: Managing worry about COVID-19 and diabetes

Learn online anytime with Diabetes SA

28 March 2020

At a time when we are encouraged to stay at home, Diabetes SA offer a range of online courses you can do to help you understand and manage your diabetes better.

Information for people living with diabetes about COVID-19 (coronavirus)

We understand that COVID-19 is concerning for our diabetes community, so we have prepared the latest news to help you. The information is sourced from the Department of Health, NDSS and the World Health Organisation.

Managing sick days

COVID-19 and the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS)

We recognise that people with diabetes and their families may be concerned about their risk, and also the availability of their diabetes medicines and NDSS products and supplies. Most people are continuing to order and receive their NDSS products and diabetes medicines as usual. This ensures enough products are available for everyone. For the latest information on COVID-19 and the NDSS, please visit the NDSS website at ndss.com.au/coronavirus-covid-19-information/. If you need a bit of extra support, or if you are struggling with your diabetes management during this time, please don’t hesitate to call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 to speak to a health professional.