Over 3 million of the UK population are Muslims and consider the month of Ramadan as the holiest within the Islamic calendar.
In 2018 the festival of Ramadan is expected to start at sunset on Tuesday 15 May and continue for 30 days until Thursday 14 June. Muslims observing Ramadan with fast from sunrise to sunset during this period, with the first period of fasting, starting at sunrise on Wednesday 16 May.
For Muslims with diabetes, who observe Ramadan and fast during this period, the risks can be significant if their diabetes is not well managed. It is important that they receive practical advice and support both before and during this period to ensure they manage their diabetes effectively.
It is recommended that they speak to their GP or diabetic nurse as early as possible before Ramadan to discuss any changes to their medication they may need to manage their diabetes control during this period.
Pharmacy also has a key role in supporting this in a number of ways whether offering an MUR, identifying risk factors or supporting Muslims to quit smoking as smoking is prohibited during the fasting periods.
Numark have developed some tools to help members understand Ramadan and the implications for diabetic patients as well and raise awareness of the importance of good management of diabetes if observing Ramadan:
* Pharmacy Excellence e-learning module – Diabetes and Ramadan.
* Counter Excellence e-learning module – Diabetes and Ramadan.
* Tools and resources to help run a campaign on managing diabetes during Ramadan.
* Marketing materials to raise awareness within their communities of support available.
* Social media pre-populated templates.
All of this support is provided free of charge to Numark members.