can be dangerous to those with health conditions like diabetes.
Deciding whether to fast or choosing an alternative to fasting, can
often be a difficult and confusing process.
Abbasi of the charity's Scottish arm said: "This year Ramadan falls in
summer, meaning the length of fast could be 17 hours or more.
Muslims with diabetes this could lead to a much higher risk of
hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and dehydration, as well as an increased
chance of high glucose levels at suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and iftar
(evening meal when the fast is ended).
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".
charity's is issuing factsheets in various languages distributed to
mosques and Islamic centres, as well as volunteers delivering
presentations on managing diabetes during Ramadan.
People are also encouraged to share the charity's messages on social media.
Iqbal, 47, from Glasgow was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years
ago but the condition has not prevented him fulfilling his religious
said: "Since then I have implemented small changes in my lifestyle to
help me manage my condition. I walk regularly and have reduced my intake
of sugary and fried foods such as Indian sweets, pakoras and chocolate.
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