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Prolonged fasting for Ramadan is dangerous for people with diabetes

Abstaining from eating, drinking and using oral medications from dawn to sunset could cause hypoglycemia.

Image: Praying during Ramadan via Shutterstock

A GUIDELINE HAS been launched for Muslims with type 2 diabetes who are planning to fast during Ramadan.

This year, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar falls from 9 July to 7 August, during summertime, when there will be increased hours of daylight, which poses a particular challenge for people with diabetes.

Abstaining from eating, drinking and using oral medications from dawn to sunset could cause hypoglycemia, and if left untreated, it can lead to loss of consciousness, convulsions or seizures.

‘The Facts About Fasting During Ramadan’ by MSD is an information kit on fasting so that patients can be supported to effectively manage their diabetes.

Dr. Shah. Consultant Endocrinologist at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, acknowledged that prolonged fasting poses health risks for people with diabetes, but said their decision should be supported:

It’s important that people with diabetes be appropriately supported if they choose to fast during Ramadan. For many, this is a very personal choice, and one which is not made lightly.

“This is practically challenging for Muslims who take medication to manage their diabetes and this year given that Ramadan is falling over the summertime with longer daylight hours, it is vital that patients and their GPs plan ahead and discuss any necessary changes to treatment,” said Dr Anna Clarke, Health Promotion and Research Manager with Diabetes Ireland.

More than 191,380 people in Ireland currently have diabetes, equating to 6.1 per cent of the population. Between 2010 and 2020 the number of adults with diabetes in Ireland is expected to rise by 30 per cent.

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