55 million Muslims have diabetes worldwide, 73% observe Ramadan

Ramadan and Diabetes Conference in the Kingdom aims to enhance care for patients with diabetes

Minister of Health Firas Hawari
Minister of Health, Dr. Firas Al-Hawari. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Minister of Health, Dr. Firas Al-Hawari inaugurated the third annual, “Ramadan and Diabetes” conference, organized by the Diabetes Center at Prince Hamzah Hospital in collaboration with the Jordanian Association of Endocrinologists and Diabetologists, spanned two days.اضافة اعلان

Dr. Kifah Abu Tarboush, the director of Prince Hamzah Hospital, emphasized the conference's importance, hoping for its recurrence due to its significance in health, science, and society. He noted the continuous increase in diabetes cases, stressing the importance of addressing the disease, Khaberni reported.

The Ministry of Health has sought to establish specialized and unified centers for diabetes patients and the necessary subspecialties. Prince Hamzah and Al-Bashir hospitals are examples of this initiative.

Dr. Mu'awwak Al-Hayari, the head of the Diabetes Center at Prince Hamzah Hospital, stated that diabetes has become a leading cause of death globally. According to the World Health Organization, around 1.5 million people died due to diabetes in 2019, with estimates suggesting that 537 million people currently live with the condition worldwide. By 2045, it is estimated that this number will increase to around 783 million, with diabetes causing 6.7 million deaths in 2021.

The statistics indicate that there are 2.25 billion Muslims worldwide, with 55 million of them affected by diabetes. Of these, 73 percent observe fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

With continuous support from His Majesty King Abdullah and his directives to improve the health sector, the Diabetes Center at Prince Hamzah Hospital now offers all relevant specialties for diabetic patients and their complications.

Dr. Abdul Kareem Al-Khawaldeh, the president of the Jordanian Association of Endocrinologists and Diabetologists (JSED), stressed the importance of diabetic patients consulting their doctors before fasting to evaluate their health and receive medical advice on the optimal medication regimen during Ramadan.
He praised the efforts made by the Ministry of Health, Prince Hamzah Hospital, and all medical sectors in the Kingdom to provide optimal care for diabetes patients.

The association focuses on continuous medical education through conferences, scientific days, and lectures in cooperation with relevant institutions. Dr. Munther Al-Mumani, the conference's scientific committee chairman, explained that the conference will address various topics related to diabetes, including fasting during Ramadan, modern treatment updates, and controlling diabetes during fasting. It will also cover how some patients can fast, adjust their medication doses, and give them advice on optimal medication use for type one and type two diabetes. There will also be a lecture on cholesterol, the leading cause of death in the Kingdom.

Dr. Rashid Abadah, the representative of the Medical Syndicate, emphasized the need to increase attention to diabetes, which can sometimes be a comorbidity. The conference will focus on categories of diabetic patients permitted and not permitted to fast, as well as cases requiring increased or reduced medication doses. A medical exhibition will be held alongside the conference, featuring local and foreign pharmaceutical companies.

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