Fasting is Excellent For Diabetics
Diabetics must consult their doctors before deciding to fast in Ramadan even
though the month can be an excellent way to improve overall health, the Saudi
Diabetes and Endocrine Association (SDEA) said recently.
Abdulaziz Al-Turki, chairman of the SDEA, and Kamil Salamah, the body's
general secretary, said the organization recently issued guidelines for
diabetics who want to fast.
These have been shared with the International Diabetes Federation at the head
office in Geneva and in the Middle East and North Africa region with sister
associations, said Al-Turki.
The guidelines cover nutrition and healthy eating, exercise, self-monitoring,
adjustment of medication, safe driving and management of hypoglycemia and
hyperglycemia during Ramadan.
All diabetics must check with their doctors before fasting and consult them
for medication and meals. He said fasting in Ramadan is an excellent
opportunity for diabetics to achieve better blood sugar control, lose weight
if obese, and quit smoking.
He also urged the public to reduce food waste because it increases during
Ramadan to 45 percent in comparison to 30 percent during other months. He said
cooking and serving food in accurate portions by using ‘My Plate' model would
These guidelines would promote economic, social and environmental health. The
body's education committee also recommended appropriate usage of resources,
including water and energy.
The SDEA has posted on its website several guidelines related to fasting
including nutrition and healthy ways to prepare popular Ramadan dishes. There
should be a focus on consuming more fruits and vegetables, low fat and non-fat
dairy products, whole grains and cereals, legumes, lean meat, skinless
poultry, seafood and healthy oils in moderation.
The guidelines advise reducing the consumption of sugary drinks, fatty and
fried foods, butter, ghee, salt, fatty meat, white bread, sweetened cereals,
desserts and simple sugar. People must avoid overeating, and drink lots of
water at night to prevent dehydration.