Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam. And being a Muslim, it’s our duty to fast during this holy month. But you need to be careful if you are a diabetes patient. I know you have already discussed with your doctor and have adjust your medications. Still there are some essentials you need to follow. This article is going to be on fasting rules for Diabetes patient. Know certain points that a diabetic need to keep in mind to avoid any major health risk in Ramadan.
Being a diabetic, when you are fasting, there is a high chance that you’ll face some health issues. It can be more complicated if your sugar level fluctuates drastically every now and then. So, I would suggest before fasting know the risks. Doctor’s advice will help you to be prepared for any critical problem.
5 essential Ramadan fasting tips for people with diabetes:
Keep hydrated: Have enough fluid like water and homemade juice during sehri and Iftar. Also, avoid excessive heat to prevent dehydration.
Never skip sehri: Keep your dinner very light so that you have space for sehri. This meal is important to supply important nutrition for the next day. Try food such as whole grains, whole grain bread, beans, and lentils.
Monitor blood sugar: During Ramadan changes in eating habits may affect your blood glucose. Check glucose multiple times in the day, even when fasting. Blood glucose monitoring and insulin injections do not break the fast.
Avoid over eating: Even after a daylong fast, eat moderate. Over eating can cause sudden spikes in blood glucose. That can be serious. Also breaking fast with water and fruits take a short break before eating anything else.
Do exercise: Rigorous exercise is not recommended so perform light exercise. You should also try to make movement by doing daily activities.
Dietary advice during Ramadan
As you’ll be fasting all day, your craving for food is justifiable. But your diabetes condition won’t let you to listen to your heart fully. To avoid any serious heath hazard you can follow these rules.
- Avoid sugary drinks.
- Eat a lot of fruits, curd, and vegetables and water.
- Stay away from deep-fried foods.
- Wait for at least two hours post-dinner before sleeping.
- Eat sweets in small portions.
- A glass of milk or some fruit before bedtime will maintain sugar levels till sehri.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages that increase the thirst.
- Add salads to the meals to increase the fiber intake.
- Try to cook your meals in olive oil.