Hajj & Diabetes
Some advises for people with diabetes during Hajj:
- Take sufficient amount of your medications.
- Make sure that the medications date is Valid.
- Keep the name of the treatment that you use or doctor's prescription, to facilitate getting the -treatment in case your medication is lost or damaged.
- Ensure that your medical supervisor knows your health status well.
- Make sure there is proper storage for your medications (away from the sun, light and heat, inside the tent).
- During travel you must take insulin in special ice bag and make sure that Insulin is not in direct contact with the ice.
- Do not keep insulin in the car because the vibration and temperature can change its composition.
- Store the insulin in the refrigerator, not the freezer.
- Try to choose time (in night for example) to do the rituals of Hajj, also it is advisable to stay away from crowded areas.
- Do not delay your Meals, take your medication regularly and drink plenty of water .
- If blood sugar level is within target before starting the rituals, you can take a snack with water to avoid hypoglycemia and dehydration.
- Ensure that you have hypoglycemia treatment before you leave to do any of Hajj rituals.
- Make sure to check your blood sugar levels before and after all rituals of Hajj.
- It is advisable to take rest between the rituals of Hajj and whenever you feel you need it.
- Choose grilled or boiled food options and avoid fries as these meals with few nutrients and high in calories such as sweets and fast food.
- Eat a lot of fiber-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables (fresh and cooked), and whole grains.
You can treat hypoglycemia with:
- ½ cup of juice, ½ cup of soft drink, 3 dates, 3 glucose tablet, 3 candies, 1spoon of (sugar, honey or jam).
In case of hyperglycemia;
- Drink more water. Avoid eating carbohydrates in your meal. Avoid extra muscular effort.
- Consult the supervising doctor in adjusting your medication doses, incase hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia episode is repeated.
- Wash your feet with soap and water and dry them well, especially between the toes.
- Moisturizing your feet and avoid the area between the toes. And use an appropriate cotton socks to protect the feet.
- Check your feet daily make sure there are no cuts or strange signs. If found, don’t ignore it visit the doctor to do a check-up.
- Avoid walking barefoot or using tight or opened shoes.
- Trimming your toenails straight across and file any sharp edges according to the toes shape.
Ensure to protect yourself from direct sunlight (to Avoid Sun stroke)
- Carry an Umbrella with you.
- Sit under a Shade like tree, tent.
- Drink plenty of water.
Make sure that your location is near a medical station (in case of any emergency)
- Make sure to carry hypoglycemia treatment (glucose tablet, dates, juice)
- Ensure to carry your medications with you.
- Try not to delay your meals.
Avoid crowd to reach top of Arafat (to avoid injuries)
- In case there is any injuries even if it is advisable minor go to the nearest emergency center.
- After Arafat and you are at Al-Muzdalefa check your feet carefully for any problem.
Do not forget to check your blood Sugar levels always