Ramadan advice for diabetics

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A Muslim man is advising diabetics on how to fast safely during Ramadan.

This year, the Holy month of Ramadan begins on June 18, during Diabetes Week, which runs from June 14 to 20.

During Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking between dawn and dusk.

In June, this means Muslims will be fasting for about 17 hours each day.

For people with diabetes this can have potentially dangerous consequences, and diabetic Muslims are not obliged to fast.

For Muslims who do wish to fast, Abdul Rais, from Bradwell Common, who is himself aType 2 diabetic, is holding talks at local mosques ahead of Ramadan to help Diabetes UK give advice about how to fast safely if you have diabetes.

In February, Mr Rais, aged 59, won an award from Diabetes UK for his voluntary work to raise awareness of diabetes, which is six times more common in people of South Asian descent, and campaign for better diabetes services.