Want to fast this Ramadan; Do’s & Don’ts if you are diabetic

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Important things to know if you are fasting this Ramadan


India is a religious country and we take our traditions and cultures very seriously. Ramadan time is near and people who follow it are planning for fasting which will start from 5th may and will last for a month. The month-long festival will end with the sighting of Eid moon on 6th June.  It holds a lot of value to people who follow the Islamic religion.

Fasting for diabetic people is a big challenge as they have to maintain their blood sugar levels. During fasting, diabetic people have a fear of hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Here are few tips for you to keep you away from problems during fast.

Do’s

Keep in check with a doctor

This is the most important thing for you to do before fasting. Your doctor will tell you if it is good for your health or not. The doctor will suggest the important precautions which need to be taken at serious fluctuations of your blood sugar levels. Follow any insulin or medication regimen your doctor suggests you.

Be updated on your Sugar Level

Check your blood sugar levels at least 4to 5 times in a day while you are fasting.  Keeping a check on your blood sugar will help you know your fluctuations and help you in deciding if you need to see a doctor or not?

Identify common symptoms

Learn to recognize the symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia. You may feel fatigued, hunger, dry mouth, nausea, increased thirst, headache, and blurry vision when you have high blood sugar. During low blood sugar, you may feel sweating/chills, higher heart rate, shakiness, nausea, numbness, drowsiness, shakiness, and anxiety.

Take a balanced diet

Take all the nutrients your body needs. Try to eat whole grain bread, whole grain low sugar cereals, lentils and beans in your diet. Try to eat salad, vegetables, and fruits to complete your fiber intake and keep you hydrated.

Don’t’s

Don’t overeat anything

When you are hungry, you want to eat anything and everything. Please don’t overeat foods which are deep fried and high in sugar.

Don’t take medication in empty belly

Avoid taking blood sugar lowering medication on an empty stomach. This will increase the chances of low blood sugar levels.

Don’t drink sugary products

Don’t drink those frizzy drinks which will increase the chances of high blood sugar levels. Try drinking as much as water as you can to hydrate yourself.

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Put fasting on hold

Don’t continue your fasting if your blood sugar level is less than 70 and more than 300. Consult a doctor once the situation gets out of your control.

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