Risk Assessments for Muslim Diabetics at Ramadan
May 11, 2019
How do you decide whether you are well enough to fast at Ramadan? Muslim diabetics must ask themselves this question in order to avoid serious ill-health complications from Diabetes.
In this article, we show how health care providers can help Muslim diabetic patients decide if they should be exempt from fasting during Ramadan.
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.
The Koran allows certain groups of people to be exempt from fasting during Ramadan:
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.
The infogram below provides some help in identifying those who are at different stages of risk.
Edited by AskAwayHealth Team
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