By Tehmina Mazher
Can I fast, being diabetic? Whether or not you should participate in Ramadan is a subject of controversy among diabetes care providers, but we recognize that many patients participate. First of all, we should understand that food intake is not at all totally prohibited during Ramadan. It is only forbidden during the day hours.
Many patients with type 2 diabetes may develop a schedule to meet these requirements, although the dosage of certain diabetes medications may be stopped or decreased during this period.
Prolonged fasting represent a more difficult problem for people with diabetes type 1. Their Insulin dose need to be reduced to avoid the chances of hypoglycemia. Type 1 diabetics should frequently monitor their blood sugar. Ketones are produced with fasting and insulin deficiency, so they should check urine ketones once or twice a day to avoid dangerous ketoacidosis. Diabetics should ask their doctors for the treatment of hypoglycemia during fasting.
The first lesson of the diabetes diet is always that, a diabetic should take a variety of foods in a moderate and balance amount. This also holds true in the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast. To remain healthy, a diabetic person must eat from all the major food groups. During the fasting period the metabolic system of the person slows down and the fats are utilized in a much better way.
Diabetics should follow the following diabetes diet rules in Ramadan
–The quantity of food consumed should be less than the routine days.
–The fruit consumption should be increased.
–Take sufficient amount of water between the bed time and IFTAR to avoid dehydration.
–Take enough quantity of vegetables during the meal.
–Take fruits after meal.
–Try to avoid spicy food.
–Stay away from caffeine, including tea, coffee and colas.
–Stay away from oily and fried things like pakoras and samosas.
–The most important the diabetic should walk for an hour after the IFTAR and dinner, and they should not walk before the IFTAR.
Remember a balanced diet, especially in the month of improves blood cholesterol, prevents constipation and reduces gastric activity and most important helps in regulating the blood glucose numbers. It also contributes greatly to an active and very healthy lifestyle.
About the Author I am a gynecologist by profession, married and have a cute little daughter.My passion in life is to help diabetics, acne sufferers and pregnant women.
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