The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated by millions across the world every year by fasting from dawn to sunset. Fasting can be a healthy experience because it has been shown to have many benefits to the body. But obviously, for those with certain medical conditions, it can be a tricky time. Those with diabetes come under this category. Here are some tips all diabetics can keep in mind while fasting in the month of Ramadan:
Remember to always consult with your doctor before going on a fast each year. It doesn’t matter how many years you have fasted before, it is important to check your current health status.
It is important to know that the symptoms of low blood sugar levels or even spikes of glucose levels after meals are not very obvious. So you may be late in getting help. In general, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, passing urine frequently and other signs should serve as a warning to you to see a doctor immediately.
Those who fast may experience a dip in the blood glucose levels. It is imperative for them to ask their doctor to alter the dosage of their medications during this time of the year. It is also vital to ask your doctor what you need to do in case your glucose levels drop below normal. Your doctor is likely to suggest certain home remedies that could come to your rescue: eating sugar, taking glucose or some sweet drink. If somebody faints or experiences dizziness, you must go to the doctor.
Eating after a period of fasting could make your blood sugar levels spike. This is why you need to take proper medication to keep it under control and in the normal range.
If you have kidney problems and you are a diabetic, it is best that you refrain from fasting.