Guide to di­a­betic fast­ing

Help ahead of Ra­madan

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By 7DAYS News Team @7DAYSUAE news@7days.ae

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

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