Fasting with diabetes: staying safe during Ramadan
Managing Your Diabetes Yasroon Elmi, 27, a teacher from Erith has Type 2 diabetes running in her family, with her parents, brother, grandparents and aunt all living with the condition.
Yasroon recently gave a talk in her local Mosque about diabetes and the importance of fasting safely throughout Ramadan. She has won two Inspire Awards and a Lord Mayor of London award for her work on the Diabetes UK ‘Ramadan Project’.
“I am a Muslim and my religion is a very important part of my life. I have always enjoyed Ramadan because I feel like a spiritual detox allows me to reflect on how fortunate I really am.
“Both my parents, brother and aunt have Type 2 diabetes, so safe fasting is a really big issue in my family.
Fasting with diabetes
“I try to reinforce the message that if you have diabetes, you do not have to fast but, if you decide to that you need to, do it safely.
there are options for Muslims who cannot fast
“One major misconception in the in the Muslim community is the belief that you can’t monitor your blood glucose levels with a machine while fasting when in fact you can, and it will not break your fast.
“Another message we want to get across is that there are options for Muslims who cannot fast, like paying fidyah – dinner for a poor person for every day missed.
“For the next few years, Ramadan in the UK will fall in the summer months. This could see the fast lasting for up to 17 hours, which means that people with diabetes may risk dehydration as well as high and low blood glucose levels if they choose to fast.
“It is important people understand the risks and be sure to take care of their diabetes management during Ramadan.”