Diabetes and Fasting through Ramadan

Family event combines faith leaders and medics for advice on fasting safely through Ramadan

Preparing for Ramadan

An information event on diabetes and fasting through Ramadan is set to be held in north Manchester.

The family event, which will include doctors and faith leaders, will answer questions on how to fast safely during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.

For people who have already been diagnosed as having diabetes, details will be available on the importance of adjusting medication during the 17-hour fasts, as well as any possible health side-effects to be aware of including hypoglycaemia (abnormally low level of sugar in the blood) and dehydration and higher than average blood sugar in the blood which can lead to people feeling unwell and unwanted hospital admissions.

General help and advice on type 1 and 2 diabetes will also be on hand as it is estimated that as many as one three people in the South Asian and Afro-Caribbean community in north Manchester will have the condition.

Dr Ifat Hussain, a GP and Public health clinical lead from North Manchester NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We know that there is a strong family pattern of diabetes in this particular community, combined with their ethnic background which means they are more likely to develop diabetes from as young as 25 years old.”

“It’s really important in the run-up to Ramadan that people who are planning on fasting start preparing for it now. This includes talking to their GP about any existing health conditions; adjusting medications and eating more slowly absorbed foods like rice, pitta bread and dhal.

“The information day is all about helping people to discuss their options around observing their religious beliefs while looking after their health as well as raising awareness about diabetes.”

The event, which will be attended by the Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Sue Cooley, is expected to attract around a hundred people.  Health checks will also be offered to people in the 40-74 year age group via the health bus staffed by medical professionals.

The information event will be held at 11am-3pm on Saturday 14 June at Al Hilal Community Hall in Cheetham Hill. For more information call  0161 205 6663.

Ramadan begins on June 29. Fasting is from dawn to sunset. It is a compulsory part of the Islamic faith with exemptions in place for medical conditions, travel and pregnancy. The month ends with Eid-al-Fitr on July 29, a feast that lasts up to three days in some parts of the world.
Information events will also be held on Sunday 15 June at Al-Falah Mosque, Cheetham Hill and Friday 20 June at North Manchester Jamia Mosque.