GPs and imams join forces to help patients manage diabetes during Ramadan

 

Health education will be taken to the heart of the Muslim community in Bradford when an awareness event about diabetes is run by local GPs and imams.

The event, on Tuesday 9 June, has been arranged to advise Muslim patients with diabetes about how best to control their condition while fasting during Ramadan. It is free and open to patients and people who are caring for someone with diabetes.

NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with local imams: the religious leaders of mosques, to help Muslim people with diabetes find out more information and understand how to manage their diabetes safely during Ramadan.

The CCG is at the forefront of diabetes care since it began its Bradford Beating Diabetes campaign to tackle the growing problem of diabetes among local people.

The campaign aims to identify everyone in the City area who is at risk of developing diabetes in the future, and make sure they receive the appropriate advice, care and support to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes, as well as help those who have diabetes to manage their condition and prevent serious complications.

Some people are more at risk of developing diabetes than others: those who have a family history of diabetes; are overweight or have a large waist size; are not physically active; and people who are south Asian or African Caribbean. But the onset of diabetes can be prevented or delayed if people are aware of how to look after their health and have access to the right support.

As awareness about diabetes has spread, the number of patients has also risen by more than 1,000 as more people are diagnosed and getting the healthcare they need. There are now over 8,000 people with diabetes in the City area.

Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair of Bradford City CCG, knows how important it is for patients to get the right advice as they prepare for Ramadan.

“We hope that the combination of GPs and imams will provide Muslims with expert advice to manage their diabetes safely, as well as the opportunity and motivation to focus on their health and make positive lifestyle changes during Ramadan,” he said.

“Imams are people who have a captive audience every Friday at prayers, and mosques will be particularly full during Ramadan, so we are very pleased that they are helping us to help spread these messages about diabetes – to keep patients well informed so they can manage their condition and stay well while fasting.”

GPs and imams will deliver the event and focus on:

  • Islam and healthy living

  • fasting safely with diabetes

  • what foods are best to eat

  • keeping up with your medication

  • organisations and people who can help you

  • stalls including Diabetes UK, dieticians, nutritionists, Ministry of Food, health trainers, stop smoking team


The event is on Tuesday 9 June, from 10am to 12 noon, at Douglas Mill, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford BD5 7JR.

To book a place, visit: http://bbdramadan.eventbrite.co.uk or email: engage@bradford.nhs.uk or call: 07931 561448.