Hajj & Diabetes Tips


Instructions for safe Hajj:


First: Accessories

It is important to plan and prepare for the amount of medications and how to keep it safe, it is recommended to carry enough amount of medicines and insulin. Carrying it in a special bag must be considered in a cooling bag (less than 25 ° C)

The rest of the medicines should be kept away from the sun, direct light and heat, and placed in the Hajj refrigerator (4 ° to 25 ° C) to maintain their effectiveness.

In addition, make sure to carry your glucometer during Tawaf and Saai.


II: Practical safety steps

Performing pilgrimages requires a great physical effort which can lead to changes in blood sugar level. It is therefore recommended that:

  • The Tawaf better be in cold time (e.g. at night), and it is also recommended to stay away from areas of extreme congestion.
  • Escort another pilgrim who is aware of the health condition of the Hajj so that he can intervene when necessary.
  • Check the sugar before and after Tawaf and Saai and Rami Aljamarat.
  • Avoid walking to and from your accommodation if possible.
  • Moderate the physical effort , take a break between the Tawaf and Saai and between Tawaf rounds if possible.
  • Frequent drinking of water is important and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Do not ignore the symptoms of low sugar, and check your sugar level immediately.
  • Snack if the blood sugar level is normal before starting Tawaf and Saai to avoid a drop in sugar.
  • Wear cotton socks if needed.

Reminder : Treating Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia

In case of hypoglycemia(less than 70 mg/dl) ((3.8 mmol/dl must do the following:

  • Take one of the following options: 1⁄2 a juice cup, 1⁄2 an ordinary soft drink cup, 3 pdates, 3 glucose tablets, 3 candis, 1 tablespoon (honey or jam) or 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • Stop any activity for 15 minutes and then re-examine, repeat step 1 if the sugar level continues to decline (less than 70 mg/dl) (mmol/dl 8).
  • Snack if the test result is above 70 mg/dl (mmol/dl 8).
  • You can continue the activity after the sugar level reaches over 100 mg/dL. (5 mmol/dl).

In case of hyperglycemia (above 180mg/dl) (9.9 mmol/dl which may occur for several reasons the following precautions must be taken:

  • Avoid sharp effect starches such as juice, pastries and desserts
  • Control the quantities of rice, potatoes and bread
  • Avoid physical exertion
  • Drink more Water
  • Consult your doctor

Healthy Nutrition
Hajj needs proper nutrition while performing it, in terms of attention to the quality of foods, taking into account moderation and avoiding overeating. The following must be taken into account:
• Avoid fries and low-calorie foods such as sweets and fast food.
• Eat high-fibre foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, cooked and whole grains.
• Consider drinking enough water at all times.

Foot Care
Pilgrims travel long distances between on foot, which requires care for the health of the feet in the pilgrimage, so the following must be observed:
• Dry your feet especially between fingers well after every ablution .
• Examine the feet carefully every day and ensure that there are no cuts or sores, if any, the campaign doctor must be informed immediately.
• Moisturize the feet at night except between fingers.
• Wear appropriate medical shoes when walking.
• Visit your podiatrist after returning from the pilgrimage to check the health of the feet.