Health Campaign For Diabetic Muslims During Ramadan
Muslims with diabetes living are being encouraged to engage with their
healthcare team as part of Diabetes UK's Ramadan 2015 campaign.
Fasting can be dangerous to those with health conditions like diabetes.
Deciding whether to fast or choosing an alternative to fasting, can often be a
difficult and confusing process.
Saqib Abbasi of the charity's Scottish arm said: "This year Ramadan falls in
summer, meaning the length of fast could be 17 hours or more.
"For Muslims with diabetes this could lead to a much higher risk of
hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and dehydration, as well as an increased
chance of high glucose levels at suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and iftar (evening
meal when the fast is ended).
"If you are considering fasting and have diabetes, then you should make sure
to speak to both your Imam and your GP in advance before making your final
The charity's is issuing factsheets in various languages distributed to
mosques and Islamic centres, as well as volunteers delivering presentations on
managing diabetes during Ramadan.
People are also encouraged to share the charity's messages on social media.
Tariq Iqbal, 47, from Glasgow was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years
ago but the condition has not prevented him fulfilling his religious
He said: "Since then I have implemented small changes in my lifestyle to help
me manage my condition. I walk regularly and have reduced my intake of sugary
and fried foods such as Indian sweets, pakoras and chocolate. "