Ramadan has started, and we'd like to wish you all Ramadan Mubarak!
This is the beginning of a month in which the Islamic community fasts from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs. In addition, they also increase their religious devotion through additional prayers and acts of charity.
For those with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, fasting during Ramadan can be challenging, as it can affect blood glucose levels and increase the risk of complications. However, with some awareness and healthy habits, staying healthy and avoiding diabetes-related complications is possible.
Here are some tips:
- Consult with your doctor to ensure that fasting is safe, and adjust your medication doses if necessary
- When breaking the fast, choose foods low in carbohydrates and high in protein and fibre. Avoid sugary and processed foods, which can cause a spike in blood glucose levels
- Monitor your blood glucose levels regularly to ensure they are within the recommended range
- Lack of sleep can affect blood glucose levels and increase the risk of complications. Ensure that you get enough sleep during this time
- Drink plenty of water during non-fasting hours to avoid dehydration
- Engage in light physical activity during non-fasting hours to maintain your physical health and manage your blood glucose levels.
It is important to listen to your body and seek medical attention if you experience any symptoms of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.