How Can People Living With Diabetes Fast Safely During Ramadan?
As the holy month of Ramadan draws closer, it is estimated that 40-50 million people with diabetes worldwide will fast during Ramadan, which starts this year on 26 May 2017, subject to the sighting of the new moon, to 24 June 2017. Given it’s significance in the Islamic faith, not being able to fast due to a health condition can be devastating. Although the Our’an specifically exempts people with a medical condition from the duty of fasting, many Muslims living with diabetes still choose to fast despite the health risks.
Fasting presents significant challenges in terms of managing blood sugar levels, which is why person living with diabetes should consult with their doctor well in advance of the holy month of Ramadan to find out if they can fast and if so, plan a way to do it safely. To read more, click here.
Attend the Lilly Conversation Maps Sessons to learn more
The “Lilly Diabetes Conversation Map” tool, specific to “Managing Diabetes during Ramadan” was launched in 2013 and is used across the country and beyond. It helps doctors and nurses guide their patients on how to manage diabetes during the month of Ramadan, understand myths and facts about diabetes, the major complications to watch out for during fasting and the important habits to maintain while fasting. If you are living with diabetes or have a loved one who has diabetes, and would like to attend a conversation map session with a diabetes educator, click below to book your attendance at a free conversation map session newar you. Or SMS “Ramadan” + Your City to 40678 (R1 per SMS. T&C’s applied).
To download the Ramadan calendar, click here.