Diabetes and Ramadan

For those suffering from diabetes, your ability to fast during Ramadan depends on the level of sugar in your blood and your general health status. Before you decided on fasting during Ramadan, you should consult your doctor or treatment team on your ability to fast as it can be very dangerous for certain patients. Here are some general tips for those who choose to fast during Ramadan:

  • All people suffering from diabetes must have an identification card or bracelet that clearly states that they are diabetes patients.
  • All patients must test their blood glucose lever regularly during fasting and after iftar.
  • If the blood glucose level is at a high or low level, it must be treated immediately. High or low blood glucose level symptoms include nausea, dizziness or confusion, heavy sweating, and fatigue.
  • It is recommended to eat healthy foods rich in fibers such as vegetables and fruits that provide the body with the recommended quantities of protein and healthy fats, to avoid fried foods and foods with high sugar content, and eating moderate portions of food.
  • Drinking a lot of water between iftar and suhoor in order to replace water lost during fasting.
  • Suhoor meal should not be neglected as it provides the body with the proper nutrients and energy during the long fasting hours. It is recommended to have the suhoor meal as late as possible and make it as close to Athan prayer as possible.
  • It is recommended to eat complex carbohydrates that are absorbed slowly by the body during suhoor meal in order to ensure your body gets enough energy during fasting hours. Complex carbohydrates include whole grains, oats, beans, and sweet potatoes.
  • Avoid consumption of diuretics, such as coffee and tea.
  • You should break your fast if your blood glucose level is more than 300 mg/dL or less than 70 mg/dL.
  • If your blood glucose level decreases below the recommended amount, you should consume sugars that can be absorbed quickly by your body such as fruit juice or a cup of water with sugar.

The Palestine Hospital family wishes you health and a Ramadan mubarak.