Advice For Ramadan Mubarak 2014
Diabetes UK has teamed up with the Muslim Council of Britain to offer advice about fasting during Ramadan.
Following a successful trial last year, the Managing Diabetes During Ramadan project has been rolled out nationwide.
A series of blogs and videos are available online along with factsheets in Urdu, Bengali, Arabic and English. Trained community volunteers will also visit mosques to offer advice before Ramadan, which begins later this month.
People with medical conditions such as diabetes are not required to fast but if they wish to do so, they are encouraged to speak to their Imam and GP.
Jenne Patel, equality and diversity manager at Diabetes UK, said: “The information and support now available will raise awareness in the local South Asian community about how to fast safely, and it’s fantastic that our volunteers are helping us do so.
“Ramadan can be a very difficult time for Muslims with diabetes, as if you decide to fast then you risk experiencing high and low blood glucose levels.
“It’s important that we get the right information to the Muslim community before Ramadan begins, for example, a lot of people believe that testing blood glucose levels breaks the fast, but this is simply not the case.
“If you are considering fasting and have diabetes, then you should make sure to speak to both your Imam and your GP before making the final decision.”
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