16 episodes

Do you have questions about living with diabetes in South Africa?

You're in very good company!

Please join us on South Africans with Diabetes where your host, Bridget McNulty, will interview diabetes experts to answer all those questions.

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    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

Do you have questions about living with diabetes in South Africa?

You're in very good company!

Please join us on South Africans with Diabetes where your host, Bridget McNulty, will interview diabetes experts to answer all those questions.

    S2E04 What is the future cost if diabetes is ignored?

    S2E04 What is the future cost if diabetes is ignored?

    We need to look at what the future looks like if we don't do anything.

    With 85% of South Africans accessing healthcare in the public sector, half of all people with diabetes undiagnosed and 2 in 3 South Africans on track to develop diabetes (in the prediabetes range), we should all be talking about diabetes. Add in the fact that it’s the leading killer of women in SA, and it should be front page news! And yet, it isn’t. We speak to Shivani Ranchod, a health actuary with a deep commitment to South Africa’s health sector, about the future cost if diabetes is ignored.

    There are big, underlying systemic features that drive diabetes that we're not actively engaging with. What does this mean, and what can we do about it? We spell it out in plain English, and figure out what we - as people with diabetes - should be doing to help the situation.

    This is an unmissable episode if you care about diabetes in South Africa.

    • 23 min
    S2E03 Does insulin timing really make a difference?

    S2E03 Does insulin timing really make a difference?

    Ultra-rapid acting insulin is coming to South Africa! Hallelujah.

    Many South Africans with Type 1 diabetes were told to inject as they sat down to eat. Once they saw the blood sugar spikes on CGM / flash glucose devices, the advice changed to injecting 15-30 minutes before you eat. But that depends on the individual, the time of day, what’s being eaten and a number of other factors.

    Does insulin timing really make a difference, and are there any ways to make this less of a frustrating issue? We speak to endocrinologist Prof. David Segal, and Sane Mazibuko, who’s been living with Type 1 for 25 years.

    We asked our community about insulin timing, and got pretty much every response under the sun. Not sure what you should be doing? Here's all you need to know.

    • 24 min
    S2E02 Why does the language of diabetes matter?

    S2E02 Why does the language of diabetes matter?

    Let's dive in: do we need to be sensitive about diabetes and language?

    There’s a growing movement toward changing the language of diabetes so that it can be more empowering for people living with diabetes. It’s time to move away from calling diabetes a disease, people with diabetes patients and those living with diabetes diabetics. But why is it so important? We ask Australian diabetes advocate and language champion Renza Scibilia to talk us through it.

    As a person with diabetes, you can call yourself whatever you want - it's not about us. We can use whatever language we want. But when it comes to the media, government and healthcare providers, there are specific words and imagery that we need to change. This is a very entertaining, fast-paced conversation about why language is important.

    • 33 min
    S2E01 What is diabetes burnout?

    S2E01 What is diabetes burnout?

    Let's talk about diabetes and mental health - we all need to!

    It’s a reality for many people living with diabetes, but what exactly is diabetes burnout, and how can you move through it? Just as importantly, how can you support someone you love who is feeling burnt out… What should you say, what shouldn’t you say? We speak to Type 1 diabetes psychologist Daniel Sher for some expert input.

    Diabetes and mental health is something we should all be talking about more - diabetes burnout is a natural emotional response to living with diabetes, as Daniel explains to us. This is an honest conversation about how diabetes can lead to depression, anxiety, diabetes distress and diabetes burnout.

    Over the course of a year, 50% of people with diabetes will experience burnout... You are most definitely not alone in this.

    • 32 min
    Welcome to Season 2 of South Africans with Diabetes

    Welcome to Season 2 of South Africans with Diabetes

    Do you have questions about living with diabetes in South Africa?

    You’re in very good company! Turns out, we all do.

    Welcome to South Africans with Diabetes. I’m Bridget McNulty, and in this podcast we’re going to be answering your questions to help you live a healthy, happy life with diabetes.

    This is our second season, and I really wanted to focus on the awkward, difficult conversations when it comes to diabetes. The ones we should be having, but aren’t really…

    So I asked some really smart people to talk to me about everything from diabetes burnout to diabetes and language, stigma and eating disorders, practical things like heart health and insulin timing, and bigger picture stuff - the diabetes situation in South Africa, the root cause of diabetes.

    I learn something new in every conversation.

    We’ve also included your comments in each episode because, most importantly, we are a community of people with diabetes who understand what it’s like to live with the condition, every day.

    We’re all in this together.

    This podcast is brought to you by Lilly.

    • 1 min
    S1E10 How do I lose - or gain - weight with diabetes?

    S1E10 How do I lose - or gain - weight with diabetes?

    Looking for advice on managing weight with diabetes? We’ve got it all - practical tips on how to lose, or gain, weight from SA’s top experts.

    Two of the most common questions we get on our Diabetic South Africans community are about weight - how do I lose weight in a healthy way, or how do I gain weight in a healthy way? Diabetes and weight are so closely linked, and we’ve gathered some of the best tips around to shed some light on how to manage your weight.

    We’ve got 5 weight loss tips from a dietician, the best weight loss advice from a health coach living with diabetes, advice on how to gain weight sustainably - and more. This is the one podcast you need to listen to if you’re concerned about your weight, and you’re living with diabetes.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

essiekaye ,

Love this!

So nice to have info shared that I’d been wondering about as well as support for going through diabetes with fellow diabetics.

jg1419 ,

Love this podcast

Very informative and well researched. Found it to be very helpful!

FilmFoxWrite ,

Best Health Podcast Ever! 🙌

Informative, entertaining, this podcast is a joy to listen to while being super important for anyone who has, or knows someone living with Diabetes. Look forward to each episode where the oh-so charming Bridget gives us access to the latest and most current health data on how to live a full and healthy life.

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