Guide to diabetic fasting
Help ahead of Ramadan
A set of Ramadan guidelines for diabetics has been drawn up for the UAE.
The Diabetes Management Guidelines have been created by the Diabetes and Ramadan International Alliance along with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Emirates Diabetes Society in UAE, with the help of 31 international experts.
“Fasting is not meant to create excessive hardship on an individual according to religious tenets,” said Dr Shaukat Sadikot, IDF President-Elect.
“Many people with diabetes are keen to fast during Ramadan. Awareness on diabetes management and structured diabetes education is an essential tool for the management of the condition in preparation for the fasting period.
“Medical professionals, religious leaders and healthcare providers need to work in harmony to ensure a safe and healthy Holy Month for all.”
Experts emphasise that the decision to fast with diabetes must be a balance between the guidelines for religious exemptions and assessment of the risks involved, in consultation with health care professionals. An individualised management plan and close follow-up are essential to avoid complications.
“We have classified the condition of patients under three main categories, namely red, amber or green based on the type of diabetes and its severity. If the patient’s condition is classified as red or amber then it represents a higher level of complications if he or she decides to fast. However, if the patient’s case is moderate - green - then he or she needs to evaluate the medical advice versus the physical ability and experience of fasting”, said Professor Adel Al Sayed, Vice President of the diabetes alliance.
The guidelines are available at daralliance.org