Diabetes in Ramadan

What is Ramadan

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar. During this month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is considered one of the five pillars of Islam. 

Do all Muslim Fast during Ramadan?

As per Islamic regulations, all healthy adult Muslims should fast. Although exceptions exist for people with serious medical conditions, including diabetes, a majority of individuals with diabetes see the fast as a deeply meaningful, spiritual experience, and most will participate, sometimes against medical advice.

Can People with diabetes fast in Ramadan?

People with diabetes need to consult their healthcare provider before attempting to fast during Ramadan. It is advisable to visit your healthcare provider 1-2 months before Ramadan to assess your ability to safely fast. 

What benefits can be brought by fasting in Ramadan?

Fasting during Ramadan can provide enduring benefits. Indeed, Ramadan can provide an opportunity for a better lifestyle, facilitating weight loss and smoking cessation.

For patients with diabetes who choose to fast, Ramadan may provide an opportunity to improve diabetes management, with a focus on self-care and the adherence of medication and meal timing.

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