Endocrinology resources


The Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of South Africa SEMDSA aims to further the scientific study and clinical practice and to promote research into all branches of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes. It aims to affiliate with similar national or international Societies or Federations. SEMDSA is a professional organisation, promoting research. If you require information, regarding Diabetes or any other Endocrine condition.


National Osteoporosis Foundation

Osteoporosis is a serious condition and a systemic disease, which is caused by the thinning of bones. It can lead to bones becoming even more susceptible to fractures – especially those of the spine, hip and wrists, which can result in extreme pain, and in some cases even death. In South Africa, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will develop this disease within their lifetime – potentially between 4 and 6 million South Africans. Also known as the "silent epidemic" because there are usually no visible symptoms until a bone fractures. Osteoporosis – once considered a normal part of ageing, can affect anyone – even young individuals. Prevention and treatment include doing regular exercises, taking calcium and vitamin D, as well as other osteoporosis medications, if needed.


International Diabetes Federation

The mission of the International Diabetes Federation is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.


American Diabetes Association

To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.