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Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
We’d love to hear from you.
Here’s what you need to know:

Email the Editor: 

PO Box 12651
Mill St 8010, Western Cape

You’ll be speaking with:

 Bridget McNulty

Editor of Sweet Life magazine, and Type 1 diabetic.



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Phone: 021 795 0430


South African Diabetic Helplines:

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  • 0800-11-69-41 (office hours)
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48 Responses to “Contact”

  1. valencia clayton September 21, 2011 10:13 am #

    my husband is diabetic .I wish too know why he has been having memory loss and what can I do too help him.Is there a connection between daibetis and memory loss.
    thank you

    • sweetlife September 21, 2011 10:18 am #

      Hi Valencia,
      I’m not sure – I’ll post it on our Facebook page and community blog and see what the community has to say! But you’re in good company now that you’re here 🙂

      • zelda scholtz June 11, 2012 2:50 pm #

        I would also like to know because i feel like i am getting alzeimers i forget things and i have a very good memory {usually}

  2. Jose Mcnuh November 9, 2011 2:09 pm #

    Thank you so much for providing individuals with a very pleasant opportunity to read from this site. It’s always so enjoyable and also jam-packed with amusement for me and my office peers to visit your website nearly 3 times every week to see the new guidance you have got. And of course, I’m also certainly pleased for the stunning concepts you serve. Some 1 facts in this post are completely the finest I’ve ever had.

  3. Neale S Andrews November 11, 2011 9:25 am #

    I’ve just tried to register – received the email but when I click on the register button in the email, I receive a message sayin g link not found – wot gives?

    • Editor November 11, 2011 9:31 am #

      Hi Neale,
      Sorry about that – it doesn’t seem to have happened to anyone else, can you email me your postal address and I’ll sign you up from this side? hello at

  4. Robert November 19, 2011 1:24 pm #

    Hi,i live in cape town area and i am looking for a Diabetologists,any advice?thank you

    • Editor November 21, 2011 9:15 am #

      Hi Robert,
      One of our experts on our Panel of Experts is a diabetologist / endocrinologist in Cape Town – Dr Joel Dave. He practises in Library Square in Claremont – give him a call!

  5. Pinky November 22, 2011 8:46 pm #

    Hi Sweet Life,

    i would like to thank u very much for sending me the sweet life magazine, issue 01. As I requested, it was very quickly delivered and has good advices, delicious recipes and intresting facts. I was diagnosed in march 2009 but now as I’ve got this book i think i will be proud of advising others about sweet life and make you grow the whole world. Looking foward for the next issue .

    your faithfull

    • Editor November 23, 2011 9:18 am #

      Thank you so much for your lovely words, Pinky!
      So glad to have you part of the community 🙂

    • Nyadzani Mutsutshu January 25, 2014 6:55 pm #

      Hi Sweet life diabetes

      My brother in-law was diagnosed with last week. He is very depressed and in denial. We don’t know how to help him.

      Do you have diabetic counselors to help him?

      I will be very glad if can get a response.

      Thank you.

      • Editor January 27, 2014 1:50 pm #

        Hi Nyadzani!
        So sorry to hear about your brother-in-law… Is it Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes?
        We don’t have any counselors, but if you let me know what area you’re in I can hopefully put you in touch with one of the Diabetes SA support groups. You can also get him a free copy of Sweet Life magazine from any Clicks clinic or local support group – we deal with a lot of the scary stuff after just being diagnosed. And ask him to join Diabetic South Africans on Facebook ( – he can meet other diabetics and realise it’s not that bad…
        Good luck!

  6. Gail November 24, 2011 4:15 am #

    Thanks so much for this great new publication and for making it available on line.

    I live in NZ so this is the best (and only) way for me to receive the Sweet Life mag. It is a
    wonderful “read” and I look forward to future editions….well done!

    Thank you.

  7. Anthea January 6, 2012 1:41 pm #

    Hi Sweet Life,
    I am a type 2 diabetic for the past 10 years. I stumbled across your website name while on holiday in Cape Town over the festive season. I have signed up for your next issue but what is the posibility of obtaining the November issue. I have checked the website and if all fails I will print is but would like to have the magazine-format.
    I am willing to pay postage and handling fee.

    • Editor January 11, 2012 3:15 pm #

      Hi Anthea,
      We have a couple of spare copies, so not to worry – will send you one! Thanks for your enthusiasm 🙂

  8. Dereck Hirson February 27, 2012 4:22 pm #

    Hi. Thought the latest magazine was excellent but received two copies.
    Keep up the excellent work.

    Dereck hirson

  9. Ken Wilson February 28, 2012 6:54 am #

    Good Morning,

    Never received the first magazine but after receiving your latest copy, I feel I have missed out and have been deprived of a great read. Sweel Life Magazine is exciting, inspirational, great recipes and plenty of advice. May you go from strength to strength.

  10. wynand schreiber March 23, 2012 11:35 am #

    To whom it may concern, my uncle is a diabetic for over 40 years, just lost his left ancle – cangereen, his currently in the Kloof Hospital – pta east, his sugar level ranges from 2 – 29, and also going in a coma at stages, the hospital is failing to get his levels to be normal, his looks tired and exhausted – is there any body that can help – i am concerned?

    • Editor March 23, 2012 2:09 pm #

      Hi Wynand,
      So sorry to hear about your uncle – that sounds really difficult for him – and for the whole family. Why can’t the hospital help him, do you think? I’ll post your query on our Facebook page (Diabetic South Africans) and see if anyone has any specific advice for you… Good luck to him!

  11. Ezra Madden April 19, 2012 5:02 pm #

    I was diagnosed about 14 years ago with Type 2 diabetes and always hoped to see a “practical” diabetic book. I was at the mechanic’s workshop today and saw your Autumn 2012 issue 02. I found it fascinatingly full of helpful advice and I want the missus to see all the great recipes.
    I have just registered and I wonder whether you would be so kind as to send me the Issue 01 as well? I am prepared to pay any costs involved.
    Many thanks.

    • Editor April 25, 2012 9:51 am #

      Hi Ezra!
      So glad you like the magazine 🙂
      Unfortunately we only printed the number of copies we needed of the first issue, and we don’t have any spares at the moment… So sorry!
      You’ll get issue 3 in the next couple of weeks though. Thanks so much!

  12. Victor May 15, 2012 9:17 am #

    Gud morning i’ve just subscribed to your free magazine and would like to know when it will be published.

    • Editor May 15, 2012 10:51 am #

      Hi Victor!
      The next issue will be published in August, so if you’ve just signed up that’s the first one you’ll get. Thanks so much!

  13. zelda scholtz June 11, 2012 2:49 pm #

    I have severe cellulites does anyone out there suffer with it and what do you do for it. mine heals goes away but come back with a vengence once the antibiotics are finished.

  14. Terryanne Louw June 18, 2012 4:38 pm #


    i would like to get a copy of the past issues,can i download it or can it be emailed to me.
    i have signup for your next issue


    • Editor June 19, 2012 8:52 am #

      Hi Terryanne!
      Unfortunately we only have the latest copy available online – the files are too huge to be emailed.
      So sorry!

  15. Sabrina July 13, 2012 9:22 am #

    Hi, I’m currently studying at the international academy of reflexology and meridian therapy of Inge Dougans in South Africa (Johannesburg/Rivonia) If you are diagnosed or know people diagnosed with diabetes type 1 interested into receiving 10-12 free treatments of reflexology and take part of my research, please contact me on facebook or number: 082 855 62 85 and bbm pin: 27E5C229 Thanks. Sabrina

    • Editor July 15, 2012 3:47 pm #

      Sounds great, Sabrina! Do they need to be based in Johannesburg?

  16. Sheena October 30, 2012 11:12 am #

    Dear Keegan

    PSA is currently doing an International diabetes research study. We would like to know if you are willing to assist us. We are willing to do a short survey for your organisation at no cost if you can provide us with the research sample.

    The international research study needs 80 people who have Diabetes Type 2.
    Here is a detailed breakdown of what we need
    “With diabetes type 2;
    – Diagnosed with diabetes type 2 at age of 40 years and above;
    – Currently using insulin;
    – Taking long-acting (basal) insulin;
    – Are NOT using insulin pump.”

    The study is based on the behaviour of Type 2 Insulin users. Ie: how they use insulin and how often.

    The survey is done online it take 15-20 minutes with +/- 15 questions. The respondents will register online and will be paid R25.00 on completion of the survey.

    • Editor October 31, 2012 8:12 am #

      Hi Sheena!
      Thanks so much for your message. I think you’re looking for Diabetes SA? You can find them on
      If you would like us to help as well, please let me know!
      Thanks so much,

  17. Pine December 3, 2012 7:54 am #

    I am a type 2 diabetic using insulin as well as Victoza. I lost some weight, my sugar levels are moer or less stable but I the nausea is killing me. Up to which stage could one use Victoza and when do you stop using it?

  18. jolene November 16, 2013 12:46 am #

    Hi… I’m Deaf and diabetic type 2 at age 39. Would like to ask you please could you advice me I need join Diabetic club, dieting etc.. Because I’m hard accept Diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and using insulin.. Please help me!!

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  20. Dhevena January 5, 2015 2:56 pm #

    Good day

    I am type 1 diabetic and looking for insulin pump. I am from Port Elizabeth.
    I have been diabetic for 14 years and after my second pregnancy my sugar levels are up and down. I have started taking vitamins and exercising a little when I get a chance but I need more help.
    I feel like I have no energy … I get memory loss when my sugar drops and sometimes I am unaware when I get low sugars ….

    I heard that insulin pump helps in controlling your sugar levels and gives you warnings when it is too high or low.

    Please can someone assist me.

    Kind regards
    Dhevena Foutie

  21. Giovani March 30, 2015 3:27 pm #

    Hi There..

    I was wondering if you could be so kind as to assist me in the following request.
    My girlfriend has been a Type 1 diabetic for 23 years & she always collected her insulin from the local clinic.
    Last month when she collected her insulin she was told that the government clinics don’t supply insulin anymore, since then it’s been a uphill battle to get insulin.
    She doesn’t have medical aid at the moment & therefore we would appreciate it if you can refer us to someone or a clinic that’s able to help in this matter.

    Hope to hear from you soon..

    Kind Regards


  22. Donovan Naidoo April 16, 2015 12:06 pm #

    Hi There,

    i am a type 1 diabetic and for almost one and half years cannot get my reading down, my reading is between 18 – 22 even though i am on oral medication and insulin at night. I am currently being treated by my local GP. Please guys, can somebody refer me to a diabetic specialist in the Durban area, i need help urgently. Please help me.

    looking forward to hearing from you as soon as possible
    thanks and best regards
    Donovan Naidoo

    • Donovan Naidoo April 16, 2015 12:08 pm #

      sorry guys, i am type 2.

    • Dhiraj Maharaj February 23, 2016 1:43 pm #

      Hi Donovan,

      so sorry to hear about your challenges with Type 1. I am also Type 1

    • Dhiraj Maharaj February 23, 2016 1:49 pm #

      Hi Donovan,

      So sorry to hear about your challenges with Type 1 – my best wishes and thoughts are with you. I am also Type 1 and was diagnosed pretty late in life. At that time I was undergoing a Type 1 DKA attack, and the specialist who saved me was Dr N M Ghila – he was absolutely superb and immediately negated all my concerns and fears through his excellent treatment and care of me. I would highly recommend him any time. He is based at Netcare Umhlanga Hospital in Umhlanga. I also recommend Jean Ernest (registered Dietitian) also based at Netcare Umhlanga hosiptal.

      I do not want to put in their phone numbers – but if you Google their names you will get their full contact details and addresses of their practices.

      Cheers and best wishes!


  23. leoni September 18, 2015 11:17 am #

    HI . I need some advise please. I recently heard that Weetbix is better than All Bran for a diabetic. Reason being that the sugar contents of All Bran changes when you add hot milk . You can however eat All bran if you eat it with cold milk. Sugar is lower then? Please can someone explain this to me. And is it true?

    • Dhiraj Maharaj February 23, 2016 1:54 pm #

      Hey Leoni,

      I am no expert on Nutrition, but I don’t think the sugar content of milk changes with heating or cooling of the milk – so it shouldnt really affect the overall sugar content of a bowl of Weetbix.

      I am Type 1 and steer clear of Weetbix. I would rather reccomend Kellogs All Bran Flakes, Whole wheat Pronutro, Future Life Smartfood (Low GI), Rolled Oats…

      Cheers and good luck!

  24. Marcelle November 23, 2015 10:05 am #

    Good day,

    Hope you are well.

    We have very interesting news how we all can take hands and help patients. We do oral health tests in Midrand and think you should know how to assist patients even further.

    Please send me an email or contact me on 082 4499 883.

    Kind regards

  25. Linda May 13, 2016 4:50 pm #

    My son of 22 years old has just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.He has just come out of hospital where he was treated. He is now on a controlled diet. The thing is he is always hungry what can he eat in between meals that is safe and will not spike his blood sugar. He is already very thin. Should I consult the dietitian
    Thank you.

    • Editor May 24, 2016 9:49 am #

      Hi Linda,
      So sorry to hear of your son’s diagnosis – it’s such a shock in the beginning!
      I remember being constantly hungry straight after diagnosis, it’s so difficult. I think consulting a dietician will be helpful for both of you going forward – learning about carbs and how to carb count was such a relief for me. But you can safely give him protein (eggs, cheese, meat, chicken) and non-starchy vegetables (tomatoes, cucumber, broccoli etc) in moderation and it won’t spike his sugar. Let us know how it goes!

  26. belinda erasmus August 4, 2016 6:43 pm #

    Hi There

    Would like to find out from you my husband is a diabetic from the age of 3 and is 37.
    He is suffering from severe leg pain and depression, we dont have medical aid so to see the proper medical team for help is difficult what do y suggest we do.

    Many Thanks

  27. Marvie December 27, 2016 3:15 pm #

    Hi Guys,

    My name is Marvie.

    We are currently conducting a research survey on type 2 Diabetes patients who administer insulin.

    I don’t know if you would be able to assist me. An incentive is offered to all qualifying participants.

    I await and anticipate your response.

    Many Thanks
    0747123618/ 0110375214

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