International Conference highlights importance of pre-Ramadan education for Muslims with diabetes
Experts gathered in Karachi for the 5th International Diabetes and Ramadan Conference.
The event, held on March 24, 2019 and organised jointly by the Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology (BIDE) and the Karachi and Ramadan Study Group, in collaboration with the Diabetes and Ramadan (DAR) International Alliance, highlighted the importance for people with diabetes to receive pre-Ramadan education and consult their healthcare providers for advice on safe fasting in advance of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
They are currently 150 million Muslims living with diabetes around the world, many of whom can fast safely, provided they receive education regarding their diet, dose management of their medication and self-management of their blood glucose levels.
“A vast majority of Muslims with diabetes can keep fast if they get pre-Ramadan education which should be focused on when a person can break fast, medication adjustment, blood glucose monitoring during fasting, fluids and dietary as well as exercise advice,” said Dr Mohamed Hassanain, Chair of the DAR International Alliance.
“Except for people with very high risk, including those who have chronic heart or kidney diseases, have to take oral medicines three to four times a day and those who have been advised to refrain from keeping fast, all other people with diabetes can keep fast in consultation with their physician and experts,” added Prof. Abdul Basit, Chair of the IDF Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA).
In 2016, the International Diabetes Federation and the DAR International Alliance published the Diabetes and Ramadan: Practical Guidelines, to provide healthcare professionals with relevant background information and practical recommendations to enable them to help people with diabetes participate in fasting during Ramadan while minimising the risk of complications.