Di­a­betes among iTaukei on the rise: Dr Khan

We should form a habit of to fast, says Chair of Di­a­betes Fiji

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In­ter­mit­tent fast­ing is the best pre­scrip­tion for many health prob­lems such as di­a­betes and obe­sity. This was pro­posed by the chair of Di­a­betes Fiji, Doc­tor Wahid Khan dur­ing the pri­mary care prac­ti­tion­ers train­ing on di­a­betes mel­li­tus/ foot care at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa yes­ter­day. Dr Khan said in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing was go­ing on with­out eat­ing food for 20 hours es­pe­cially af­ter lunch till breakfast for the next day, which means you miss out din­ner. “The liver pro­duces choles­terol in the early morn­ings,” Dr Khan said. “Dur­ing night time fast­ing what hap­pens is that you don’t give liver any food to work on. “But the liver needs to pro­duce choles­terol to work on which will have to come from in­side the body. “It is im­por­tant to have choles­terol in the body but too much choles­terol is bad for health.” Dr Khan said peo­ple should form a habit to fast to im­prove their health. “What I am propos­ing and re-propos­ing for peo­ple to start prac­tis­ing in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing at least twice in a week,” Dr Khan said. “Over the cen­turies till now faith based groups have been fast­ing dur­ing spe­cial oc­ca­sions. “We should form a habit to fast at least twice in a week.”

What I am propos­ing and re-propos­ing for peo­ple to start prac­tis­ing in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing at least twice in a week

Doc­tor Wahid Khan

Chair of Di­a­betes Fiji

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Chair of Di­a­betes Fiji, Doc­tor Wahid Khan af­ter the pri­mary care prac­ti­tion­ers train­ing on di­a­betes mel­li­tus/foot care at Friendly North Inn in Labasa yes­ter­day.

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