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MSD launches Ramadan app for diabetics

iPhone app to help fasting Muslims control their blood sugar levels

The iPhone app will help diabetics to manage blood sugar during fasting.
The iPhone app will help diabetics to manage blood sugar during fasting.

Pharmaceutical firm MSD will launch an iPhone app designed to help Muslim diabetics control their blood sugar level while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

The firm, which manufactures the diabetes medicine Januvia, said the app will help diabetes sufferers monitor their vital statistics during the month of fasting.

"Diabetics will be able to put in their information; their weight, information that they'll be discussing with their doctor and then they'll use that to follow up on their treatment regiment throughout the [fasting period]," Andrew Miles, managing director for MSD in the Gulf, told Arabian Business.

"It addresses a cultural need and at the same time provides information on how to appropriately deal with fasting during that period," he added.

More than 50m people with diabetes fast worldwide during Ramadan despite changes in eating patterns potentially putting sufferers at risk of both low and high blood sugar.