17 Apr Five ailments and how you can fast with them
Dr Fuad Alsaraj, Specialist Endocrinologist, Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, says, “I do not advise patients with type 1 diabetes to fast. Type 2 patients on medication or with diabetic complications such as heart, renal, neuropathy and ocular diseases can fast — but must see their doctors first.”
Diabetic patients who fast during Ramadan face two major risks: hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar). Hypoglycaemia can be serious and it may cause a person to collapse and faint. The symptoms of hyperglycaemia are fatigue, headache, frequent urination and increased thirst.
Dr Ammar F. Hassan, General Practitioner, Medcare Hospital, says people who take insulin should be aware of the symptoms and end their fast if any surface. “Minimise activity during your first few fasts until you settle down with the changes in your routine and medication,” he says.
Recommendations: Victoria Tipper, Nutrition Coach, Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre, says, “Eating junk food is a mistake as the refined carbs and trans fats don’t offer a sustainable source of energy for fasting.”
Ahamed Safeek Ali, Dietician, Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, advises patients to pick complex carbohydrates and wholemeal varieties for suhour and recommends simple carbs such as milk, yoghurt and fruit for iftar. “Increase fluid intake during non-fasting hours and take your suhour as late as possible so that you stock up on energy,” he says.