How To Manage Diabetes During Ramadan Fasts? Tips By Expert

Diabetes Management during keeping fasts in ramadan can be tough, here is tips from expert.

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalPublished at: Apr 04, 2022Updated at: Apr 04, 2022
How To Manage Diabetes During Ramadan Fasts? Tips By Expert

It is a month of two big fasting seasons where people bring devotion and health together. Ramadan is underway where people spend their entire day in the devout fast. They do not eat or drink anything from early in the morning till sunset. Those observing the fast break it as a part of the iftar ritual after sunset. Fasting for 30 continuous days in this hot and big day can be quite challenging. People with diabetes therefore need to take extra care and follow a proper diet routine to control their blood sugar levels.  Today we will talk about diabetes management along with keeping Ramadan fast so that your health doesn’t take a toll. 

Diabetes Management 

Diabetes management while fasting is walking a tightrope, given the nature of the fast and the food items allowed during this period. We spoke with Dr. Jothydev Kesavadev, Chairman and Managing Director, Jothydev’s Diabetes Research Centre explains about diabetes management during fast in detail. He says, “Diabetes is a condition that requires regular monitoring and ensuring that your blood glucose levels are in the normal range and minimizing fluctuations as much as possible. During Ramadan, people with diabetes need to be constantly monitored as they are fasting for more than 10-12 hours.” 

Tips Inclusive of Ramadan Fast 

In the present scenario there are number of glucose monitoring devices that can aid people with diabetes. It helps to understand their 24-hour glucose profile. One can use continuous glucose monitoring systems that help you avoid the pain of pricking multiple times. This is much faster and accurate way of monitoring your situation. There are convenient wearables that provide real-time glucose readings can be Saviour at times. Especially at the time of “sehri”, it is important that you regulate your blood sugar levels very timely and approprately. 

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Having a balanced diet and following a healthy lifestyle during the fasting period is equally important. Here are some tips: 

1. Meal inclusions during iftar and sehri

Start the Iftar meal with food, which is rich in simple carbohydrates and can be absorbed quickly by the body such as 1-2 dates or milk, followed by complex carbohydrates like brown rice and chapatis. During Sehri, one can consume whole grain cereal, vegetables and take it as late as possible. Alternatively, one can opt for lean proteins like fish, tofu and nuts as they provide energy. Finally, a glass of milk or fruit before bedtime will help maintain sugar levels till early morning. 

2. Exercise routine

Aim to keep up with your exercise routine but reduce the intensity of workouts while fasting. If training is too difficult, one can focus on walks or gentle exercises like yoga. Resistance training can help prevent muscle loss when in a calorie deficit, during Ramadan.  

3. Sleep Patterns

It’s important to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can impact hunger hormones, which makes it harder to resist large volumes of high-calorie foods during the eating window. Sleep is also important for the metabolic process, which has been shown to facilitate blood glucose regulation that is essential for diabetes management. 

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While it’s a personal choice for people with diabetes to fast during Ramadan, it is important to manage health problems and conditions associated with your body. If one observes fast, it’s equally important to plan and prepare yourself in advance in order to enjoy a safe and successful festival. In case your blood sugar levels drop, it is advised to consult your doctor for appropriate treatment. 

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