Diabetes in Westminster
Diabetes is very common and has probably already affected people in your life. However, you can still lead a healthy and normal life if you learn to manage and understand diabetes.
In partnership with Westminster PCT, Maslaha has been working closely with health practitioners, local community organisations, patients and many more to produce this unique resource to help manage and prevent diabetes.
Together we developed a website - diabetesmatters.org - which brings together medical and Islamic advice to help you lead a healthy lifestyle. Our website has more information about how to have a healthy diet and the importance of eating well during Ramadan. Visit the website to find out more about how to live with diabetes, or read on to learn more about the project itself.
Did you know...
- Many people who have diabetes don’t know it
- People of all ages, shapes and sizes may develop diabetes
- You can develop diabetes during pregnancy
- Diabetes can affect your vision and even lead to blindness
On the Diabetes Matters website, you can:
- Learn what kinds of food are good for you
- Find out why eye check ups are extremely important if you have diabetes
- Watch films in English and Sylheti
Type 2 diabetes is up to six times more common in people of South Asian descent, and up to three times more common in those of African and African-Caribbean descent, as demonstrated by the figures below :
- General population – 4.3% in men and 3.4% in women
- Black Caribbean origin – 10% in men and 8.4% in women
- Indian origin – 10% in men and 5.9% in women
- Pakistani origin – 7.3% in men and 8.6% in women
- Bangladeshi origin – 8.2% in men and 5.2% in women
In addition, according to the PBS model, the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes is lower than the expected prevalence, which suggests that there could be a number of people with diabetes who have not yet been identified in practice .
This work has been funded by Westminster Primary Care Trust.
Special thanks also to:
- Our religious advisor, Dr Usama Hasan.
- Westminster Diabetes Centre
- Dr. Ahmed from Queens Park Health Centre
- Na'eem Ahmed and Imad Ahmed from Selfless
- Ziaur Rahman and Abul Kalam from the Queens Park Bangladeshi Association