In accordance with the institute’s mission statement, ‘to prevent, control and mitigate the impact of diabetes and related conditions in Kuwait, through effective programs or research, training, education and health promotion and thereby improve quality of life in the population’, the institute holds and arranges lectures and events that the public and healthcare professionals can benefit from frequently.

The prevalence of diabetes in Kuwait is alarmingly high and education is the most effective weapon to fight this disease and in line with this, the Dasman Diabetes Institute Sunday, July 15, 2012, organized an Open Day under the theme ‘Your Health and Ramadan’ in collaboration with the Capital Health Region affiliated to the Ministry of Health to promote health awareness among the citizens and residents particularly since the holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner.

Over 400 people from all over Kuwait took part in the program to benefit from the valuable segments the Open Day had to offer which included, blood glucose monitoring, BMI calculation, blood pressure monitoring, presentations and workshops, physical training tips and other interesting segments and activities.

The main aim of the Open Day was to make people aware about the intake of food during the fasting month of Ramadan when around two million Muslims all over the world fast. It is very important to keep a healthy food regime during Ramadan, but breaking a fast after sunset is not an excuse for overeating.

The Open Day also shed light on the hazards of fasting for people suffering from diabetes and who should not be encouraged to fast. Diabetes is all about carbohydrates turned into the sugar glucose when food is digested which in turn raises blood sugar. Carbohydrates are found in many different foods but they are divided into complex and simple carbohydrates. In the case of simple carbohydrates – sugar, honey, jam, candy, chocolate, white bread, milk fruit juices, ice creams, biscuits and so on – the blood glucose rises faster because these are quickly digested unlike complex carbohydrates where the food is slowly digested. Complex carbohydrates include legumes, grains, starchy vegetables and fruit with skin because of their structure and composition which includes soluble and insoluble fiber. Complex carbohydrates, raise sugar more slowly as it takes your body longer to digest and absorb them due to their fiber contents while simple carbohydrates or sugars can raise sugar level more quickly. Complex carbohydrates contain many essential vitamins and minerals which are lacking in simple carbohydrates.