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Leicester Diabetes Centre recruiting Community Champions to keep diabetics safe through Ramadan
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Press release date15/03/2020
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The Leicester Diabetes Centre is urging people in Leicester’s Muslim community to sign up as a community champion to help friends and family, with Type 2 diabetes, to fast safely during Ramadan.
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Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims; during this time fasts are observed and no food or drink is consumed between dawn and sunset. It will begin around 24th April this year, and training will roll-out in March to ensure Champions can share their knowledge in time. For people with type 2 diabetes, fasting can be dangerous because it can lead to low blood sugar levels, otherwise known as hypoglycaemia, and also dehydration.

 

Community Champions who attend a specific training course are an essential part of the Safer Ramadan programme. The  specific training course delivered at the LDC will equip the community champions  with knowledge and practical advice so they can sign post members of their local community to seek advice from their GP or practice nurse to ensure that they able to fast safely during  the holy month of Ramadan .

To support healthcare professionals, including GPs, an online learning module is available to update their knowledge in relation to Type 2 diabetes and fasting.

Professor Melanie Davies CBE, Professor of Diabetes Medicine at the University of Leicester and Co-Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: “We know that those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are four times more likely to suffer hypoglycaemia and face a seven-fold increased risk of severe hypoglycaemia and hospitalisation. However, our research shows that programmes, such as A Safer Ramadan, can significantly decrease these risks and help people feel more confident in managing their diabetes during Ramadan’.

The programme follows successful roll-out of the training last year, which had 15 participants spreading the message across their communities.

Professor Khunti, who is Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester and is also a Co-Director at the Leicester Diabetes Centre, said: “A Safer Ramadan provides vital education for those with type 2 diabetes who wish to fast.  Ultimately, it also helps healthcare professionals who are supporting them and eases the impact on the NHS.”

Contact information

To become a community champion please call the Leicester Diabetes Centre on 0116 258 8363 or email us on asaferramadan@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

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For more information Leicester's Hospitals Communications team on communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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6911
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