Fasting with Diabetes

The charity Diabetes UK is warning people about the dangers of fasting during Ramadan.

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Charity advises diabetics on fasting during Ramadan

Today marks the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan when the Muslim community refrains from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset for around thirty days.

Fasting can, though, be a dilemma for many people who also happen to have diabetes. They want to observe the fast, but that could mean putting their health at risk.

This year, the charity Diabetes UK is highlighting the dangers and assuring people that they can still follow their faith. The interviewees in Matin Dowse's report are: Nadeem Iqbal who has type 1 Diabetes, and Jenny Patel from Diabetes UK.

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Charity warns against fasting with diabetes

Diabetes UK is warning people about the dangers of fasting during Ramadan. They say fasting can cause the body's blood glucose level to either fall too low or rise to high. People who manage their diabetes with insulin and certain medications may be at risk of this during prolonged fast.

We spoke to Jenna Patel from Diabates UK, who argues this makes Muslims exempt from fasting during Ramadan, but advises anyone who is unsure to speak to a GP or Imam at a Mosque.

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