According to the Islamic beliefs, it is not compulsory for every Muslims to participate in Ramadan fasting. There are certain exemptions to it, like people who are sick are exempted from fasting, which include diabetic patients as well. However, there are many Muslim who still choose to participate in the holy Ramadan fasting over their diabetes. There are many risks that might cause a fatality if a diabetic patient chooses to fast. However, with proper care and attention, a diabetic patient can handle Ramadan fasting very well.
- Hypoglycemia, a condition where the blood sugar becomes low.
- Hyperglycemia, a condition where the blood sugar becomes high.
- Diabetic ketoacidosis.
- It is a serious diabetic complication where the body produces excess ketones. It occurs when the blood sugar level has been high for too long.
- Dehydration and thrombosis.
- Dehydration will cause the blood to thicken and hence can lead to blood clots.
What to do?
- Every diabetic patient should be taken care of uniquely. Diet and medication have to be done according to the type of diabetics.
- The blood sugar must be checked frequently.
- Must maintain a good nutrition level.
- Mildly exercise daily.
- Ramadan diet must be as prescribed by a medical physician.