Diabetes and Ramadan at the British Muslim Heritage Centre 2nd May 2019

See below a programme of the event that was held at the British Muslim Heritage Centre in Manchester

Watch this short video that provides highlights and some of the key messages from the talks from all the speakers. Click on the individual videos below to hear what was said by the speakers fully.

Inroduction by Maqsood Ahmed, Chief Executive of the British Muslim Heritage Centre

Quranic recitation by Shafiq Siddiq, manager at the British Muslim Heritage Centre

Dr Tariq Chauhan sets the scene by talking about diabetes, what it is and why it should matter to us.

Dr Almas Saleem Agha explains the Islamic requirement for fasting and the evidences behind this but also explains there are certain categories of people who do not need to fast including those with medical illnesses.

Dr Zahid Ahmed explains what some of the risks of fasting are when you have diabetes, what symptoms to look out for and how to treat this initially. Please remmeber if your health continues to deteriorate then you must seek urgent help and advice from a healthcare professional and not try to manage on your own.

Dr Almas Saleem Agha explains what you can do safely in ramadan if you have diabetes and are fasting, what kind of food and drink you should have and how to stay safe.

Dr Amir Hannan explores the widespread use of the internet and how people can learn for themselves and also use online services your GP surgery may offer to help you manage your care better. Some GP practices like Haughton Thornley Medical Centres are now enabling patients to also see what their doctor and nurse has written in the notes about you. This can be invaluable as you plan to fast and what advoce they give you in terms of what you can and should do.

Abdul Hamied is a senior manager in the NHS and also was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He talks about the impact this had on him, how he responded to try to get better conrtol of his diabetes. waht happened when thimgs seemed to worsen and then how he has manage to improve things again for himself and how much better he feels as a result.

Najma Khalid is a carer for her mother who has type 2 diabetes. As a result, she learned a lot about diabetes and now is informing other ladies in Oldham about how to prevent diabetes and helped those who need to manage it better. You can learn more about CHAI ladies here and also download the free booklet Chappati and Chai.

Muhammad Ali is the first insulin-dependent diabetes patient who is also a professional young boxer in the world who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5. Listen to his inspiring story about the challenges he faced and how he overcame them with the help of his parents and his doctors and nurses. Visit his website www.muhammadaliboxing.com

Questions and answers on a variety of issues.

The final words by Maqsood Ahmed and Tariq Chauhan talking about the launch of the Greater Manchester Diabetes Inclusion Network and the need for all to get involved.

Learn more about Diabetes and Ramadan including how to assess your personal risk