World Diabetes Day – A Significant Health Risk in the Muslim Community

The 14th November marks World Diabetes Day. World Diabetes Day is an iniative led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) as a day to unite the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness and advocacy.

Some of the statistics around Diabetes show that it is an issue that needs to be continually made aware of. According to the IDF Diabetes Atlas:

  • 1 in every 12 person has Diabetes
  • 1 in 2 people with Diabetes are unaware they have it.
  • A person dies every 7 seconds from the disease. (4.9 Million Deaths in 2014)
  • 77% of those with Diabetes live in Low and Middle Income Countries
  • There is an expected increase of 205 Million Diabetes cases by 2035

Diabetes as a disease is one that is unfortuantley prevalent in the UK Muslim Community, particularly in members of the South Asian, Indian Sub-Continent. The stats above show that it is a very high risk disease and one that the Muslim community needs to take seriously.

It is paramount that Mosque Leaders (Imams and Trustees) lead awareness programes and initiate health check ups for their congreagation in order to ensure that those with the disease are aware of its dangers and are given the best information on managing it. Early diagnoses of the disease can make it easier to negotiate.

Living a healthy, prosperous life is stressed upon in Islam and it is important that our Imams and Mosque Leaders are providing their communties with the most relevant, up to date information and resource avenues for living healthily and becoming aware of health risks.


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