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Risk Assessments for Muslim Diabetics at Ramadan

Health care providers can help Muslim diabetic patients decide if they should be exempt from fasting during Ramadan.

Wooden sign with 'Diabetes' written on


This is important, as fasting without careful guidance when someone is Diabetic can cause serious complications.

It is possible to remain safe and eat healthily during Ramadan, so why do many Diabetics develop problems?

We think the primary issue is knowing what to avoid in terms of food; what exertions people can safely take and how to keep track of their sugar levels.

Who Is Exempt From Fasting at Ramadan?

The Koran allows certain groups of people to be exempt from fasting during Ramadan:

  • Children (under the age of puberty)
  • Elderly and people who are sick
  • People who have a learning disability
  • People who are travelling
  • Pregnant, breastfeeding and menstruating women
  • Anyone who would be putting their health at serious risk, e.g. people who treat their diabetes with insulin or have diabetic complications (damage to their eyes, heart, kidneys or the nerves in their hands and feet)
  • Patients who have Type 1 diabetes (ie who started using insulin early after initial diagnosis of Diabetes)

For clinicians, Muslim Diabetics should ideally be assessed 3-4 weeks before Ramadan to identify what their wishes are with respect to fasting and provide appropriate guidance on whether or not to fast.

In addition, if deemed suitable, clinicians can guide Muslim diabetics on the appropriate medication, diet, blood sugar monitoring etc to remain safe and well during the fasting period.

Read more about keeping well while fasting during Ramadan as a diabetic here.

Infogram - Which Diabetics are at Risk During Ramadan?

The infogram below provides some help in identifying those who are at different stages of risk.

Helping Muslim Diabetics Safely Observe Ramadan
Infogram - Clinicians Guide on Risk Assessment for Diabetics during Ramadan.

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Edited by AskAwayHealth Team


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