Manage Your Diabetes In Ramadan By Knowing These 6 Helpful Tips

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Diabetic Patients Need Management Guidance To Avoid Serious Health Issues While Fasting.

Fasting exempts Muslims who are sick. For diabetic Muslims, fasting isn’t obligatory when it could worsen their health condition. However, most of the diabetic Muslims practice fasting nonetheless.

According to the results of the population-based Epidemiology of Diabetes and Ramadan 1422/2001 (EPIDIAR) study, it is estimated that some 40-50 million people with diabetes worldwide fast during Ramadan.

Patients with type 1 diabetes with poor glycemic control are especially at risk of having multiple problems during fasting. Therefore, it is important for our diabetic brothers and sisters to know the recommendations regarding their health condition.

For your diabetes, you can contact the best diabetologists in Pakistan via MARHAM.

Improve your fasting hours by following these suggestions provided by a team of Muslim and non-Muslim diabetologists and endocrinologists.

1. Monitor Your Glycemia Constantly

Patients with diabetes need to check their blood glucose levels multiple times daily. This is especially important for patients with type 1 diabetes and in patients with type 2 diabetes who need insulin.

Diabetes manage in ramadan
Diabetes manage in Ramadan

2. Take Care Of Your Diet

You have to make sure that you maintain a constant weight and don’t gain more. Avoid eating foods that have a lot of fat and carbohydrates in them. It’s better to eat “complex” carbohydrates in Suhoor because they release energy slowly. Take a balanced proportion of simpler carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins in Iftar. Don’t over-eat. Also, eat your Sehri as late as possible before the fast starts. You can contact the best diabetologists in Lahore via MARHAM.

3. Increase Your Water Intake

You have to check your water levels frequently during Ramadan. Fasting increases the risk of dehydration. So increase your water intake during non-fasting hours. Avoid drinking cold water because it has adverse health effects. Like increasing sensitivity of your teeth and disturbing your body’s thermoregulation (management of constant temperature).

4. Do Slight Exercise

Keep your body working. Helping around the house and Tarawih prayers are a good way to exercise. Don’t do heavy physical activity because it can deplete glucose in your blood, thus, causing hypoglycemia.

5. Break The Fast In Certain Conditions

It’s essential for all fasting diabetic patients to understand that they should break the fast immediately if

  • their blood glucose level becomes less than 60 mg/dl (3.3 mmol/l).
  • their blood glucose level gets lower than 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/l) in the first few hours after the beginning of the fast. This should be done especially if they took insulin, sulfonylurea drugs, or meglitinide in Sehri.
  • their glucose level exceeds 300 mg/dl (16.7 mmol/l).

Diabetic Muslims should not fast when they feel ill.

Diabetes manage in ramadan
Diabetes manage in Ramadan

6. Take Medical Assessment and Educational Counseling Before Ramadan

You should take necessary medical check-ups and diagnostic tests 1-2 months prior to Ramadan. Get your blood pressure, glycemia, and cholesterol level evaluated. Ask your doctor about your drug schedule and specific precautions for Ramadan. Also, consult your health specialist for a detailed explanation concerning self-care, blood glucose monitoring, diet plan, physical activity, medicinal administration, and management of acute complications. It’s also very helpful to wear a medical alert bracelet. You can contact the best diabetologists in Pakistan via MARHAM.

Professional recommendations are provided to help you keep track of your health condition. This advice can help you to avoid chronic health issues. So that you can have a healthy Ramadan and a cheerful Eid.

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Noorul Huda
She Attained a Masters in Zoology from the University of Punjab, She has been an active researcher and learner regarding today's health issues. One of her major interests lies in studying and discovering medical break-throughs and their application in the society. Also, she likes to share her interests via her writings to spread mass-awareness.

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