Methods: A cross-sectional study, collected from the Pilgrimages with diabetes during the Hajj season. Baseline characteristics were collected by a formal interview and the measurements were self-reported. The primary outcome was to evaluate the patients’ Hajj readiness and the association of the previous Hajj performance on this outcome.
Results: Of the 262 patients with diabetes participated, 72.9% have type 2, mean age of 53.1 years; mean duration of diabetes is 9.23 years.
Compared between patients with diabetes participated who did Hajj for the 1st time to who did it more, 79 (30%) vs 183 (70%). Having enough medication 67.1% vs. 67.2% (p 0.63), extra-supply 20% vs. 20.8% (p 0.23), checking glucose during Hajj 16.5% vs. 20.8% (p 0.42), wearing medical wristband 5.1% vs. 6.0% (p 0.77), and having hypoglycemia rescue kit 20.3% vs. 18.3% (p 0.67), respectively.
Those who were seen by the Endocrinology/Family physicians were more likely to inform their physicians about the Hajj but only those seen by Endocrinologist were more likely to be offered a medical letter explaining their condition.
Conclusion: Except for carrying enough medications, pilgrimages with diabetes readiness parameters were far below 50% which indicates poor preparation for Hajj. No impact of previous Hajj performance on the study primary outcome.
Published on: May 22, 2015 Pages: 1-6