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Ramadan Nutrition Plan For Diabetics

The month of Ramadan is considered one of the holiest months of the year for Muslims. During this period, Muslims do not eat or drink anything from dawn until they break their fast after sunset. It is also to cultivate self-control, gratitude, and compassion to those less fortunate. There are some people who are exempted from fasting, this includes pregnant or lactating women, sick elderly, children and people with serious medical condition.

Muslims with diabetes may also be looking to observe this holy month as fellow Muslims. However, there are risks that need to be acknowledged before anyone with diabetes considers fasting during Ramadan.

Risk Associated During Fasting Month among Diabetes Patients

Ramadan fasting causes significant changes in type 2 diabetes (T2D) metabolism, affecting their glucose homeostasis and increasing the risk of:

  • Hypoglycemia

  • Hyperglycemia

  • Dehydration [5,6]

Muslims in Malaysia usually fast for 13 hours a day. A study found that among th