Diabetes UK has offered advice to practicing Muslims living with diabetes, who have decided to fast for Ramadan.
- If you are taking insulin, you will require less insulin before the start of the fast
- The type of insulin may also need changing from your usual type
- Pre-mixed insulin is not recommended during fasting
- Check your blood glucose levels more often than you normally would
- When you break the fast, have only small quantities food, and avoid only eating sweet or fatty foods
- Try to eat just before sunrise, when you commence the next day’s fast
- Before starting the fast, you should include more slowly absorbed food (low GI), such as rice, pitta bread and dhal, in your meal, along with fruit and vegetables
- At the end of fasting you should drink plenty of sugar-free and decaffeinated fluids to avoid being dehydrated.
Muslim children do not need to fast until they get to their teens.
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