Fasting with diabetes is a little complicated because diabetes is linked to food. Therefore, people with diabetes have to follow a different lifestyle, especially where food intake is concerned.
Before you decide to fast, consult a doctor to ensure your body is able for you to fast in Ramadan.
- Consult your doctor before making a decision.
- Always carry a kit with your glucose or insulin treatment.
- Test your blood sugar levels a few times everyday, especially if you feel sick.
- End the fast if blood sugar level falls below 3.3mmol/L (60 mg/dL) or if it’s higher than 16 mmol/L (288 mg/dL).
1. Never skip your suhoor and make sure to eat it as late as possible.
2. Avoid overeating; instead opt for regular small meals/snacks after breaking your fast.
3. Avoid eating carbohydrates in large quantities as this can cause imbalance in blood sugar levels.
4. Limit the quantity of dates to 1-2.
5. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks as this can cause dehydration.
6. Drink a small glass of fruit juice and avoid sugary drinks like Vimto and sodas.
7. Eat lean meats and chicken to reduce the amount of saturated fat.
8. Eat lentils, beans and pulses for low fat source of protein.
9. Opt for healthy cooking options like grilling, baking and air frying.
10. Limit the use of oil; when necessary measure using a spoon.
11. Avoid ghee and butter.
12. Avoid fried foods like samosas, burgers, fried chicken and fried chips.
13. Watch your salt intake; never add extra salt while eating.
14. Avoid foods such as pickles, salted nuts and sauces to reduce amount of salt.
15. Avoid foods with high sugar content.
Important Note: Diabetes is a serious medical condition, therefore all changes in diet and medicine should be made after consulting the doctor.