Diabetes and Ramadan Workshop for Europe

18 March 2021

Tuesday, 13 April will mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting (Sawn or Roza) during this 29–30-day period is one of the five pillars of Islam and commemorates the time when the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Fasting is mandatory for all Muslim adults, with the exception of certain groups, including some people with chronic conditions such as diabetes. Due to the metabolic nature of the condition, people living with diabetes are at increased risk of developing complications associated with changes in food and liquid intake.

 Many people living with diabetes may still choose to fast during this period. For this reason, the International Diabetes Federation has developed a series of tips and guidelines for a healthy Ramadan with diabetes. These guidelines can be accessed here. It is also important for healthcare professionals to have updated information on risks, glucose monitoring, nutrition, exercise, and medication that will help people manage their diabetes during Ramadan. IDF, in collaboration with the Diabetes & Ramadan International Alliance, has also published ‘Diabetes and Ramadan: Practical Guidelines 2021’, which can be downloaded here.

On March 25, IDF will also be hosting an online Diabetes and Ramadan Guidelines Workshop aimed at healthcare professionals and people living with diabetes in the EU and the UK who plan to fast during Ramadan. The workshop will take place from 13.00 – 14.00 CET, followed by a Diabetes and Ramadan Conference which will last until 17.00 CET. The event will bring together experts in the field to discuss optimal diabetes management during Ramadan. Click here to register for the event. The programme for the event can be downloaded here.