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Guide to Diabetes


Faith Calendar

Easter, Diwali, Vaisakhi, Eid, Christmas and New Years,...Leicester is a large, busy, thriving city with a wide diversity of cultures and religions. Unfortunately we know that around 4% of the city’s population also has diabetes. It seems that when you have diabetes, whatever your faith, festivities can be a time when you may have questions or difficulties in managing your diabetes effectively and participate in the practices of your faith, and the celebrations with friends and family. 


Diabetes Management 

If you have diabetes it is important to manage your diabetes as no doubt celebrations means lots of foods, sweets and drinks. Many of the foods enjoyed over the festivities are very rich, and tend to be high in fat and sugar. It is not easy to resist all these extra treats, and it is always worth discussing with your diabetes team how you can maintain control of your blood sugars but still enjoy the festivities. Remember to maintain a healthy balance look at our Healthy Eating and Drinking section for more information.

There are Education sessions that you can attend to help you mange your diabetes and adjust for these sepcial times. See DESMOND for people with Type 2 Diabetes

If you are managed on insulin therapy you can adjust your insulin dose to maintain your blood glucose levels whilst indulging in some treats!  Want to find out more about insulin dose adjustment and eating what you like? Group Education DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) (Type 1 diabetes) is aviable in Leicester click on the link or consult your diabetes team for advice.

For Diabetes and Ramadan Advice link to the following section 

You can download the significance and information of the most common festivals in Leicester


Eid- Ul- Fitr

Diabetes advice and significance of Eid Download Document

Diwali Information

 Download Document

Easter Advice

 Download Document

Christmas and New Year

Information about Download Document

Chinese New Year

Information about and diabetes Advice Download Document

Eid Ul Adha

Information and significance of Download Document