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Diabetes and Ramadan

Did you come along to the Diabetes and Ramadan event held recently?

Here is our very own Dr Mohammed Sattar along with Zobi Barok who is a Healthy Lives Healthy Homes Co-ordinator at Feel Good Factor in Chapeltown Leeds, pictured at a recent Diabetes and Ramadan event.


Leeds CCG – Ramadan Diabetes Event. 1st April 2019.
Credit: Victor de Jesus.

Dr Sattar has been working with Leeds GP Confederation to run a series of events helping members of the city’s Muslim community understand how they can fast safely while living with Type 2 diabetes. The events have been running over four evenings, with the final one taking place on Tuesday 2 April, with support from Leeds City Council (public health).

People attending the events received advice from a range of healthcare professionals covering how to keep blood sugar levels under control and learning some healthy recipes for evening meals. Dr Sattar, a budding DJ at a local community radio station, provided entertainment for attendees.

Dr Mohammed Sattar, said:

“Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of the Islamic faith. While people who have an illness or an existing medical condition aren’t expected to fast, there are many who choose to do so. So it’s important that if you have Type 2 diabetes you know the risks and how you can manage them. Some of the things people can do to protect their health includes eating the right foods – such as fruit and vegetables and avoid only eating sweet or fatty foods – and checking your blood sugar levels more regularly than you would normally.”

Dr Gordon Sinclair, Clinical Chair at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a GP at Burton Croft Surgery, added:

“The Ramadan period can have a significant physical impact on even the most healthy adults especially as daylight hours are much longer at this time of the year. Add in the complication of Type 2 diabetes and the risks to someone’s health can increase. I applaud the efforts of my fellow colleague, Dr Sattar, in working with a range of partners to help people with Type 2 diabetes who want to fast during the holy month.”

Leisa Batkin, Locality Development facilitator (Cardiovascular Disease) for Leeds GP Confederation, commented:

“We’re committed to helping support all those who will be observing their fasts during Ramadan. It’s important that not only do we support those with Type 2 diabetes but also anyone who may have a long-term condition. We’re encouraging people to speak to a healthcare professional ahead of keeping your fasts.”

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high.

  • It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to pee a lot and tiredness. It can also increase your risk of getting serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves.
  • It’s a lifelong condition that can affect your everyday life. You may need to change your diet, take medicines and have regular check-ups.
  • It’s caused by problems with a chemical in the body (hormone) called insulin. It’s often linked to being overweight or inactive, or having a family history of type 2 diabetes.

Dr Sattar has put together a short information video on the topic of how to manage your diabetes during Ramadan you can watch the video by clicking here

To see what services we offer for diabetes check out our diabetes page.

Finally we would like to thank everybody that attended the diabetes during Ramadan events and thank all the staff who put the event together and most importantly a big thank you to Dr Sattar for spreading this awareness. We hope you all enjoyed the evenings.

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