Managing diabetes during Ramadan
Fasting for Ramadan
The Qur'an requires Muslims to fast during the month of Ramadan from sunrise to sunset.
However, there are exceptions to this. One of them is that people who are ill or have medical conditions do not have to fast. This includes people with diabetes. To find out more about this, you can speak to your Imam.
Ultimately, it is a personal choice whether or not to fast. However, if you do choose to fast, then you must consult your GP practice before Ramadan, to make sure that you are able to look after yourself properly. Failing to do so is in itself contrary to the Qur'an, which clearly states that you must not act in a way that harms your body.
Information in this section will help you reduce the risks of becoming ill during Ramadan if you decide to fast, as well as highlighting the dangers of fasting for people with diabetes.
If you decide to fast
If, after consulting with your GP, you decide to fast:
Risks from fasting
Managing diabetes during Ramadan presentation
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal* found that the change in eating patterns during Ramadan increased the risk of severe hyperglycaemia significantly.
We have developed this screencast which gives advice on fasting safely during Ramadan, and refers to passages from the holy text of the Qur’an which support a healthy lifestyle.
For further advice, you can call the Diabetes UK Careline. If you wish to speak in another language, this can easily be arranged.
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