Fasting with diabetes: what you need to know

Today marks the beginning of Ramdan, where Muslims across the world fast for 30 days Photo: Olivier Fitoussi/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Today marks the start of Ramdan, a period when Muslims across the region will be fasting for 30 days. The charity, Diabetes UK, is warning people about the dangers of fasting with the condition. They say a number of Muslims are unaware that they are exempt from fasting if it has a significant affect on their health.

However, for those who choose to fast during Ramadan, below is some advice from Diabetes UK.

  • Eat food that is absorbed relatively slowly, such as basmati rice, pitta bread chapattis and dhal, before beginning your fast.
  • Foods and fruits and vegetables can help keep blood glucose levels more even during the fast.
  • Check your blood glucose levels more frequently and if necessary, break the fast if your blood glucose level drops too low.
  • When breaking your fast at sunset, so so with a handful of dates and a glass of milk or water as well as vegetables and fruit.

We spoke to an Imam at a local a mosque in Gillingham, who says certain health conditions can make you exempt from fasting, but a compensation needs to be paid for periods you are unable to fast.

Muslims with diabetes who are deciding whether to fast during Ramadan should speak to their Imam and healthcare professional or call the Diabetes UK Careline on 0845 120 2960.