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Diabetes Treatment in South Africa

In South Africa, the diabetes treatment landscape is complex and different strategies are used to manage the condition. Diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs are one of the most popular approaches for treating diabetes in South Africa. DSME programs comprise a set of activities that help people with diabetes understand and control their disease successfully. These include educating individuals about the condition and its management, as well as teaching them how to self-monitor their blood sugar levels and make lifestyle modifications. 

Diabetes care teams are also involved in providing diabetes treatment in South Africa, typically made up of a doctor, nurse, dietitian, and other healthcare professionals. Diabetes medications may also be prescribed for those who require additional support in managing the condition. Successful diabetes treatment requires ongoing support and information to help people with diabetes live healthy lives. 

Diabetes charities and groups such as Diabetes South Africa strive to provide a range of educational materials and resources for individuals living with the condition in South Africa, as well as connecting people who are affected by diabetes. These initiatives are invaluable in supporting people with diabetes in South Africa and helping them to achieve better outcomes.

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Symptoms of Diabetes

Urinate (pee) a lot, often at night
Feeling more thirsty than usual.
weight loss
Losing weight without trying.
Feeling tired and weak.
mood changes
Irritated or having mood swings.
blurry vision
Having blurry vision.

How We Reverse Your Hypertension?



Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help keep your blood pressure in check.



Regular physical activity helps you maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, and improve your overall health.

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Stress Management

Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, journaling, & exercise can help reduce levels of stress.


1-1 Live Coaching

Through our program, you will work one-on-one with a certified health coach to create an individualized plan.


Yoga for Hypertension

Yoga may help reduce blood pressure by calming the mind and body, reducing stress levels, and promoting relaxation.

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Diabetes Care App

Unlimited access to our app with trackers, videos, glycemic charts, 1000+ recipes & more

Benefits of our Diabetes Program

Dedicated health coach

Daily support & answers to questions are just a message away

Continuous supervision

Our care team in South Africa monitors your Diabetes continuously via app

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Patient community

A private, opt-in forum for support from others suffering from Diabetes

Expert care at home

DiabetesMantra is 100% online—no waiting rooms, just on-demand care at home

Top Diabetes Doctors in South Africa

  • Dr. Llewellyn Padayachee: He is a Consultant Endocrinologist based in Durban, South Africa. He specializes in the management of diabetes, endocrine disorders and obesity.
  • Dr. Bhanu Ramasamy: He is a Medical Internist and Endocrinologist in Cape Town, South Africa. He specializes in the management of diabetes, thyroid disorders and other endocrine diseases.

  • Dr. Gordon Chibanda: He is a Specialist Endocrinologist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He specializes in the management of diabetes, thyroid disorders and other endocrine conditions.

  • Dr. Jairam Ramakrishna: He is the Head of Endocrinology at Groote Schuur Hospital and Professor at UCT Medical School. He has expertise in the management of diabetes, thyroid disorders and metabolic diseases.

  • Dr. Emmanuel Makasa-Kanyimbo: He is a Consulting Endocrinologist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He specializes in diabetes management, thyroid disorders and metabolic syndrome.

How it works ?

Signup for online counseling

Signup for Diabetes program

Just complete a simple 5-minute online application to check your eligibility for the program and enroll.


Meet your care team

We’ll match you with a Mantra health coach in Niegria available 24/7 to you via call or chat.


Connect to our app

Follow suggestions provided by the app and your coach to beat diabetes. Track your progress in the app

Why to not delay Diabetes Treatment?


Heart Disease

90% of diabetics die of heart attacks!


Blood Pressure

65% of diabetics have high BP or hypertension.

Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease

Diabetes is one of the leading cause of kidney disease

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Cancer Risk

Diabetes increases risk of cancer significantly

10,000+ Happy Customers From South Africa & the world

Our Patients Are Redefining Success


I had been struggling with diabetes for over 10 years and was always looking for something to help me manage it. After hearing about MantraCare in South Africa, I decided to give it a try. It has changed my life for the better. Their approach is holistic, looking at diet and lifestyle as well as medicines and therapies. They helped me make changes to my diet that reduced my sugar levels, as well as giving advice on exercise and stress management. Their team of doctors and counselors was incredibly supportive throughout the entire process. I felt like they really cared about helping me manage my diabetes in a safe way and achieve better health overall. The medications they prescribed were effective and had minimal side effects. I am now able to manage my diabetes with ease, and feel healthier than before. I cannot thank the team at MantraCare enough for their help and support! They have helped me take control of my diabetes and live a better life. Highly recommended!”

2 years on MantraCare

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Frequently Asked Questions

When blood sugar or glucose levels are too high, diabetes develops. Insulin is a hormone that aids the movement of glucose from meals into your cells for energy. The body’s production of insulin or its use of insulin might be insufficient at times. Glucose is able to get into cells and remain in the blood as a result. Blood sugar levels rise as a consequence.

There are three primary types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune system’s attack on the cells that manufacture insulin, a hormone that aids in the utilization and storage of glucose. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body’s ability to use insulin is lost. Gestational diabetes is a disease that pregnant women get when their bodies aren’t able to create and utilize insulin properly during pregnancy.

Diabetes is treated by MantraCare with a mobile app intervention, health coach sessions, physician visits, and medicine. Our health coaches in South Africa work with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to treat diabetes using a healthy diet, exercise, and medication. Obesity treatment for type 2 diabetes includes weight reduction, healthy eating, regular exercise, blood sugar monitoring (insulin therapy).

Yes, diabetes drugs can be prescribed by online doctors at MantraCare. However, if you reside in a state or province where internet prescription is not permitted, we will try to connect you to a local doctor. Alternatively, we also deliver diabetes medication to South Africa.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can be managed with treatment. Treatment options in South Africa range from medication to surgery. The table below outlines the average costs of various diabetes treatments. 

Medications: Metformin: R180 per month, Glucophage: R560 per month, Lantus: R11,000 per year

Surgical Procedures: A1C reduction surgery: R200,000, Graft versus host disease (GVHD) surgery: R500,000 to R1 million, Angioplasty and stent implantation: R50,000 to R150,000

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