Bromley woman gives advice for diabetics during Ramadan

PUBLISHED: 15:08 12 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:08 12 May 2016

Diabetes UK is helping diabetics during Ramadan

Diabetes UK is helping diabetics during Ramadan

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Ramadan starts on June 7

Workers at Diabetes UK will be visiting Mosques and Islamic centres to offer advice ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.

With the holy month starting on June 7 this year, the long summer days mean people will be fasting for almost 18 hours a day.

For those living with diabetes, there is an increased risk of their blood glucose levels rising or falling, which can be very dangerous.

Diabetes UK is currently providing Muslims suffering from the condition with information to decide how they can eat healthily if they do decide to fast.

But Bromley’s Olivia Djouadi suffers from Type One diabetes, and chooses not to fast during Ramadan.

The 44-year-old said: “If you have a condition like diabetes and you’re on medication then you don’t have to fast - it’s important for religious reasons to keep your body in good health.

““I was quite surprised how many people with diabetes who are Muslim didn’t realise that they could do other activities in place of fasting, such as feeding other people or volunteering.

“I always volunteer one morning a week in a nursing home and so I know I have made my contribution.”

Krishna Sarda, engaging communities manager at Diabetes UK, said: “South Asian people are two to four times more likely to develop Type Two diabetes and this means there will be lots of people with the condition who may think they have to fast for Ramadan.

“If you choose to fast during Ramadan, it is important to get advice from your doctor or nurse beforehand and sensible eating and drinking outside of fasting hours is vital.”

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