Published On: Sat, Jul 12th, 2014 on 4:21 pm

Diabetes UK volunteer gives handy advice to diabetics for Ramadan

Shahida Noor Diabetes UK

Shahida Noor holding up an advice leaflet

A committed volunteer has been giving talks in Bradford and Keighley to raise awareness of diabetes during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Bradford resident Shahida Noor is encouraging people to look after their health as part of the ‘Diabetes and Ramadan’ project.

Ms Noor, who is a language and health care support worker in the diabetes team at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, told the Yorkshire Standard: “Diabetics who choose to fast could risk experiencing high and low blood glucose levels, as well as dehydration.

“Some people don’t take responsibility for their health and sometimes people need to tell them. What many also don’t realise is that testing glucose levels will not break the fast.”

People from a South Asian background are up to six times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, which develops when the body cannot make enough insulin, or when the insulin produced doesn’t work properly.

If undetected, it can lead to serious life-threatened conditions.

Ms Noor advised: “People should check their glucose levels regularly, and be aware of the symptoms, because health comes first. With diabetes, especially if you take certain tablets or insulin, you are at risk of developing hypoglycaemia (hypos) which is low blood glucose levels.

“Symptoms include shaking, blurred vision and less energy. If your glucose levels fall below 4 mmol/L, drink 50ml of Lucozade sparkling glucose drink or have glucose tablets to help bring it back to normal. Wait around 10 minutes then have some carbohydrates.”

Those who start to feel unwell, disorientated, collapse or faint, are urged to stop fasting and have a drink of water or other fluid.

For more information about the ‘Diabetes and Ramadan’ project, please visit www.diabetes.org.uk/ramadan.

About the Author

Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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  1. Khadim Hussain says:

    Excellent article and sound advice to raise awareness about effects and impact of diabetes. Thanks for sharing!

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