Published On: Fri, Apr 17th, 2015 on 12:01 am

Diabetes UK launches ‘Text Ramadan’

Diabetes UK has today launched ‘Text Ramadan’ which will aim to help make Ramadan safer for people with diabetes.

Fasting can be dangerous to those with health conditions like diabetes, and deciding whether to fast or choosing an alternative to fasting, can often be a difficult and confusing process.

Diabetes UK Text Ramadan

A poster rolled out by Diabetes UK for ‘Text Ramadan’.

Eating large meals at suhoor and iftar can increase the risk of high blood glucose levels and people from a South Asian background are up to six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

Juliet O’Brien, Diverse Communities Officer at Diabetes UK, said: “We are very excited to be launching Text Ramadan. By donating just £3 you could help us provide essential guidance to Muslims on fasting safely during Ramadan.

“This year Ramadan falls in summer, meaning the length of fast could be 17 hours or more. For Muslims with diabetes this could lead to a much higher risk of hypoglycaemia and dehydration, as well as an increased chance of high glucose levels at Suhoor and Iftar. Donations made via Text Ramadan could help us spread the word and make Ramadan safer for everyone.

“If you are considering fasting and have diabetes, then you should make sure to speak to both your Imam and your GP in advance before making your final decision.”

For every text sent to the Text Ramadan number a minimum of £2.96 will be received by Diabetes UK.

To donate £3, text the word ‘RAMADAN’ to 70123.

For more information on how to manage your diabetes throughout Ramadan, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/ramadan.

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