5 tips for diabetic patients when fasting in Ramadan
While fasting provides many health benefits, patients with type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes, type 2 diabetes with advanced kidney and liver disease, and those who have recently experienced diabetic coma are advised against fasting. Therefore, diabetic patients must consult their doctor before fasting.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when fasting during Ramadan:
- Regularly monitor your blood glucose levels.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages, and soft drinks as these can cause dehydration.
- Limit the consumption of foods high in fats and salts as these can elevate blood pressure.
- Consume foods rich in fibers such as whole grains, nuts, and lentils, as these help regulate blood sugar levels.
- In case of severe hypoglycemia, which usually manifests as dizziness, heavy sweats, and severe tachycardia with or without loss of consciousness, break your fast and seek immediate medical intervention.