Managing Diabetes during the month of Ramadhaan

Diabetes is a known killer. It is estimated that 1.2 million died due to diabetes or its complications in 2010 and this figure is expected to rise to 5 million this year. At least 50 million Muslims are living with diabetes, and many want to fast during the Holy month of Ramadaan. There are potential dangers that need to be addressed for them, especially if they use insulin.

The Western Cape branch of the IMA embarked on their annual diabetes educational programme which encompassed radio and television programmes as well as mosque talks. One of these talks was held at Masjidul Quds in Gatesville on the 10th May 2016. This was with the kind involvement of Sheigh Abdurahman Alexander’s Tuesday Morning Ladies Class and close to 1000 attended. The insulin company Eli Lilly also were present with their diabetic educators. The meeting was commenced with a Thikr and this was followed by a talk by Sheigh Alexander on the benefits of fasting.

Dr Junaid Akoojee and Dr Salim Parker then elaborated on the medical aspects of diabetics who wanted to fast during Ramadaan. The benefits and dangers were extensively covered as well as dose adjustments and awareness of the symptoms of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia.

Salaamah Solomons who is a dietitian, advised the attendees about more prudent eating during Ramadaan as well as generally. Adam Lauria, a professional chef then spoke about healthy cooking and healthier ingredients.

The diabetic educators then attended to small groups and advised those with specific problems on a one on one basis. The meeting was again a resounding success and built on those of the preceding years. May Allah bless those who so willingly gave of their valuable time.

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