Map to prevent diabetes complications during Ramadan

In the run-up to Ramadan in June, the Managing Diabetes During Ramadan Conversation MapTM created by Healthy Interactions in collaboration with IDF and supported by Lilly Diabetes will aim to help people with diabetes experience a healthier Ramadan. The interactive Map covers a number of topics including understanding the risks and complications of fasting and the importance of creating a diabetes management plan during this time.

“One of the main complications facing people with diabetes during Ramadan is the threat of frequent hypoglycemic or low blood sugar episodes” said Dr David Chaney, Education Specialist at IDF. High blood sugar is also a challenge during this time due to unusual eating patterns, for example not eating during the day time but then compensating by eating large quantities after sun-down. This can result in blood sugars swinging from low to high, impacting on the person’s health and wellbeing.

The Conversation MapTM education tool educates both healthcare professional and the person with diabetes on how to develop a personal diabetes management plan to ensure blood glucose levels are safely controlled and alert them to complications and long term side-effects which can arise when diabetes is left uncontrolled.

“Now I know, checking my blood sugar levels does not break my fast” said Mr Usman, a member of a Conversation Map TM education session in Pakistan. “I am glad and excited, I can fast safely with diabetes and can get blessings of this holy month” said Ms Afshan a fellow participant in the Map session.

Launched in June 2013, the Map is already used by many countries including Egypt, Gulf countries, Indonesia, Israel, Malaysia, Morocco, UAE, Algeria,  Lebanon, Netherlands, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sub Sahara Africa, Switzerland, South Africa, Tunisia, Libya and Iraq.

According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas 2013, three of the world’s top 10 countries with highest prevalence (%) of diabetes are countries in the Middle East region: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, all of which have a majority Muslim population.

Recent research has also highlighted that some ethnic groups and minorities have a higher prevalence of diabetes and in some cases higher rates of diabetes-related complications and death.

Healthcare professionals eligible to receive the Managing Diabetes During Ramadan Conversation MapTM are required to complete the Local Facilitator Training for the Diabetes Conversations Programme.

Find out more about the Conversation MapTM project here

The Managing Diabetes During Ramadan Map TMlaunched in 2013 and is part of the Diabetes ConversationsTM programme, created by Healthy Interactions in collaboration with IDF and supported by Lilly Diabetes