The Role of Religion, Spirituality and Fasting in Coping with Diabetes among Indian Migrants in Australia: A Qualitative Exploratory Study


Australia has a high proportion of migrants, with an increasing migration rate from India. While many factors influence diabetes self-management among Indian migrants, very little is known about the influence of religious beliefs and spirituality. This study explored the religious beliefs of Indian migrants in Australia and the influence of those beliefs on their diabetes self-management. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of 23 Indian migrants. All interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed. Most participants believed that prayers helped them alleviate stress and improve diabetes management participants also believed that receiving blessings/prayers from religious leaders prevent or cure diseases including diabetes. There were mixed views on beliefs about using insulin obtained from animal sources. Some participants were concerned about the use of animal-based insulin as it was against their religious beliefs and teachings. Some participants believed that religious fasting does not have any impact on their diabetes while others believed that it can be detrimental to their health. Religious beliefs therefore played an important role in how Indian migrants managed their diabetes. Healthcare professionals should consider their patients’ religious beliefs during consultations, enlist support, such as religious scholars, to better address people’s misconceptions, and identify strategies for effective diabetes management that consider religious beliefs.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Pharmacy School
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Fasting in diabetes,Indian migrants,Insulin,Religion and spirituality,Type 2 diabetes,General Nursing,Religious studies
Publication ISSN: 1573-6571
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 07:14
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2021 13:06
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Published Date: 2022-06
Published Online Date: 2021-10-06
Accepted Date: 2021-09-28
Authors: Ahmad, Akram
Khan, Muhammad Umair (ORCID Profile 0009-0005-1284-5929)
Aslani, Parisa



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