Diabetes in East, West, North and South Africa


Diabetes in East, West, North and South Africa

If you live in Africa and you have diabetes, join this group.

Members: 53
Latest Activity: May 8, 2012

Diabetes Forum

Chuck Heidenreich

Started by Chuck. Last reply by olu Oog Apr 29, 2011. 8 Replies

Diabetes South Africa

Started by Megan S. Last reply by Spud Apr 5, 2011. 4 Replies

Pumpers in (South) Africa

Started by -light-. Last reply by markkoeks Jan 27, 2010. 8 Replies

Do you need to lose weight?

Started by Chimaobi Adindu, Alexander Dec 7, 2009. 0 Replies

Diet soft drinks

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Medical Aids

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Sugar-free sauces

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Apple Snap Float

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Comment by VikkiToria on May 8, 2012 at 3:46am

Hi there
Is there anybody in South Africa that can perhaps give me some advice?
I have a friend who has been type 1 diabetic for 10 years. Her mother left when she was 3 years old, and her dad doesn't really know how to help her. She is severely thin due to high blood sugars and always tired, and her kidneys are giving problems. She is very poor and cannot afford medical aid and hearin lies the problem. When she goes to the government clinic they only give her 5 strips to test with and 1 insulin pen for Actrapid and Protophane. This is rediculous!! How can you live with that only? If there is anyone in South Africa that might have some advice of where we can get more medication for her, please let me know urgently.

Comment by Joy on February 26, 2012 at 7:46pm

I have to find out about the similarities and differences of child care and parenting practices in a country outside of the United States. Please answer as much information of your knowledge of another country, as you can and email it back by this Thursday March 1st. Thank you for your help!

Some topics to include
- Parent-child relationship
- Parental nurture/warmth
- Parenting style
- Discipline practices
- Parent-child communication
- The role of the child within the family
- Child care arrangements (in the first few years and later)
- The educational experience
- Educational structure
- Child-teacher relationship
- Parent-teacher communication

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Comment by Naijabetic Mama on July 7, 2011 at 4:12pm
I agree Shehu that awareness and treatment options are lacking. That's why I handle management of son's care on my own. I bring in ALL my supplies. Where on the continent are you located?
Comment by olu Oog on July 7, 2011 at 7:38am
you can also see African the Diaspora with Diabetes here http://www.tudiabetes.org/group/africanthediaspora .
Comment by shehu usman ali on July 6, 2011 at 10:09pm
This is my first time of coming across tudiabetes in Africa . I have been a member to this website for sometime but this the my first time of knowing about it.....am happy that more people in Africa will now educate each other having in mind that here in Africa the awareness is not like what's going on in other side of the globe. I also observed that the environment in Africa is entirely deferent from other places...............we actually need more enlightenment here.......
Comment by olu Oog on July 6, 2011 at 1:45pm
i think there are few guys who have showed up here from naija.
Comment by Naijabetic Mama on July 6, 2011 at 12:38pm
Anyone here and active? Discussion forum dates are a couple years old. Is anyone currently in Nigeria?
Comment by olu Oog on April 26, 2011 at 2:53pm
There is a new group for Africans who live outside africa called "African- The Diaspora with Diabetes". Discussion is focused on challenges faced by african who live abroad. You can see the group here; http://www.tudiabetes.org/group/africanthediaspora
Comment by Chimaobi Adindu, Alexander on December 5, 2009 at 5:13am
Hello My name is Chimaobi.I am a student who also works as a volunteer in Diabetes Clinic in Jos,Nigeria.I would like to respond to Lucy's comment by saying that there are very few children charities or programs for children with diabetes in Africa. However there are many things we could do to help these kids with diabetes.We could do some advocacy for them, stage some events through which we can raise monetary support for them and more imprtantly find ways of partnering with both the public and private sectors of our countries towards raising awareness and support for these kids and many others especially indigents who cannot afford to cater for the dietary demands of diabetes talk more the medicinal demands.Also for some of us here in Africa we could spread the news about diabetes, raise awareness and by so doing help reduce the incidence of this scourge called diabetes and ultimately prevent it. We can start today with our siblings, relatives then our communities and society at large.

I do not think malaria when managed properly has an adverse effect on blood sugar levels.Malaria could affect blood sugar levels if appropriate antimalarial drugs are not taken as at when due.However your doctor's opinion is the best in such situations.This is my response to Rosemary's comment.

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Comment by Melissa on April 27, 2009 at 12:07pm
Hello, I will be in Kampala, Uganda April 29 - May 15 and would like to meet with other diabetics. I have type 1 and am visiting diabetes medical professionals at Mulago Hospital through a not-for-profit group that preiodically comes to Uganda. I am curious to learn local diabetics' stories... both what is helpful and what is difficult. We are bringing over a limited number of special diabetes meds and testers to Mulago. Please post here if you would or can meet up! Thanks, Melissa. www.aecom.yu.edu/globaldiabetesinitiative. P.S. I will donate my spare pump in case I run into anyone who can afford the supplies.. or try to find a way to get over supplies low-cost.

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