The Challenge of Diabetes in Ramadan


Fraser Clarke

Across the world Muslims are observing Ramadan by fasting during daylight hours, however, with diabetes rates on the rise throughout the Arab world, specialists have warned diabetics against fasting for long periods for their own health.

Dr Bahaa Demian Grace, internal medicine specialist at Burjeel Medical Centre told ‘The National’ that: "Fasting during Ramadan is not easy and presents serious challenges for those with diabetes, as a result patients and doctors need to be working together to adjust their diet and medication in a safe way.

"UAE doctors are co-operating with those from the UK to share findings on how to manage a Muslim population with diabetes in both countries. Recommendations are being put in place and modified based on experience and evidence."

Fasting for long periods can lead to blood sugar levels changing dramatically. Weakness and hunger are two feelings commonly experienced by Muslims during Ramadan, however for Diabetics the symptoms can be more severe. High heart rate, a loss of consciousness and, in some cases, serious issues like strokes can often impact diabetics.

This has lead to many diabetics wearing sensors on their arms during the month, with the machine monitoring their blood sugar levels, and advising them when to eat if it reaches dangerous levels. The information collected can also be relayed to an individual's doctor, allowing them to be monitored constantly.

Sensors cost around 250Dh on average (around £52), and last for a fortnight.

Throughout the world Ramadan can lead to a host of challenges for the medical sector, and these are something to be aware of if you are considering a move to the Gulf region. If a switch to the Middle East is something which you are considering, then register on our website today - a dream role could be far closer than you might imagine.

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