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Do not take the information from this blog as medical advice in any way. Your diabetes require specialized care conducted by your currant doctor or by your medical care team. Do not change your medication or lifestyle based on information you may find here.

Although there is no known cure, diabetes can be kept under control by medication, dieting, and physical activities but only under professional attention, which this site does not offer.

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Are Culture And Religion Linked to Diabetes Management?

~ Are Culture And Religion Linked to Diabetes Management? ~

Listen "Are Culture And Religion Linked to Diabetes Management?" Not long time ago I was searching few blogs Diabetes Managementfor some seasonal recipes when an interesting article captured my attention. It was about a woman suffering from diabetes for 28 years and her fight and hard work to create what today is known as Jewish Diabetes Association . Some of you may guess already who is all about. It is Nechama Cohen. I must recon that that was the first time I read about her. The title of the article that I read is “Cheese Balls: A Chanukah Recipe from Jewish Diabetes Association Founder Nechama Cohen”. It was not the recipe itself the reason I stopped reading and thought about, but the story of Jewish Diabetes Association and the reasons behind its creation. I realized that different diabetic people with different cultures and different religions require different diabetes management approach.  After a little research, I outlined below few points about this topic.


For instance, Jewish people have certain religious celebrations and ceremonies during which period they follow traditional rituals and eat specific food. They just celebrated Chanukah (Hanukkah) and by tradition during these 9 days they eat foods fried or baked in oil, jam-filled doughnuts, sweets and cheese based dishes. Not all of the recipes are allowed for diabetic patients and here come into the scene the work of Nechama Cohen. Using the Jewish Diabetes Association’s resources and spreading the word through associated site www.jewishdiabetes.org she and her team had educated and helped thousands and thousands of diabetic people in need.


Another example are Muslim people who must fast one month during the Ramadan from sunrise to sunset. In this period, any food or liquids are forbidden but after sunset, a night meal follows. During the day, the blood sugar levels decrease dramatically, which can trigger serious acute complications. After a day of absolutely fasting the hunger and thirst are overwhelming and people tend to eat more than usual. This increased appetite is dangerous for diabetic patients as after the meal the blood sugar levels increase over the normal limit and additional measures to decrease it fast are necessary. To avoid these complications a special, adapted to this “one month lifestyle”, diet must followed. The specific traditional ingredients are included but only after the dietitian advice. Another limitation in choosing and following a diabetes diet is the rule of “Halal”. Muslim people are concerned about the provenience and the type of food they eat. Everything that comes on a Muslim dish must be lawful, according to religion rules.


Most Buddhist people are vegetarians, although, there are some communities or individuals who are eating meat. By definition, a vegetarian diet is poor in calories, but still diabetes is present among Buddhist people. Fasting and meditation for long periods help the body to lower the blood glucose levels and the diet should be approach completely different. Traditional Buddhist dieting focusses mainly on weight loosing not on diabetes care, thus the diabetic Buddhist people must get use with a different diet.


In modern civilization, major modifications occur in people’s lifestyle and eating habits, which have a negative impact on general health and diabetes is one of the expanding conditions among actual population. The mixture of cultures and religions makes difficult to implement a standard diabetes management. For some individuals eating certain foods are forbidden by religion or by culture habits, while for others having a strict lifestyle (which is the key point in management of diabetes type 2) are difficult due to many overloading activities in modern society.


At the end, I can only take off my hat in front of Nechama Cohen for her titanic work. Only understanding diabetes sufferer’s needs, the whole picture of the fight with diabetes can be comprehend and Nechama Cohen was a pioneer in this field.

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