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Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. Ramadan is a lunar-based month, and its duration varies between 29 and 30 days. Muslims who fast during Ramadan must abstain from eating, drinking, using oral medications, and smoking from predawn to after sunset; however, there are no restrictions on food or fluid intake between sunset and dawn. Most people consume two meals per day during this month, one after sunset and the other before dawn. Fasting is not meant to create excessive hardship on the Muslim individual according to religious tenets, so Muslims who are pregnant or sick are exempted from fasting according the Muslim holy book Quran. Nevertheless, many Muslims with diabetes insist on fasting during Ramadan, thereby creating a medical challenge for themselves and their health care providers. It is important that medical professionals be aware of the potential risks associated with fasting during Ramadan (mainly hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia) and approaches to mitigate those risks. These issues are rapidly becoming global issues, not only in Indonesia, Pakistan, and the Middle East, but also in North America, Europe and Oceania.

The International Group for Diabetes and Ramadan IGDR will conduct its 2nd Annual International Symposium on Diabetes and Ramadan 7 May 2016, Istanbul, Turkey .

Being Involved in the Management of Diabetes During the Holy Month of Ramadan, you Don’t Have to Miss this Unique Opportunity to Join your Colleagues Including the Most Prestigious Speakers. It Should be an Excellent Forum for Exchanging Ideas and Experience with your Colleagues From All Over the World. We Look Forward to Welcoming You at this Unique Event.

Mahmoud Ibrahim, MD
Director, EDC, Center for Diabetes Education

Temel Ylmaz
Founding President, Turkish Diabetes Foundation

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