How To Manage Diabetes In Ramazan
Ramazan for diabetic patients can be a struggle. As a result, many are advised to consult their doctors before keeping a fast, even if your emaan says otherwise.
However, once cleared to go by a diabetologist, there are a few things a diabetic should practice to be able to keep a roza without remorse.
Getting used to fasting can be quite a task but having to do that with the sun shining bright on us is an added pressure.
While this point applies to anyone fasting this season, it is important for diabetics who choose to fast to drink plenty of water during non-fasting hours. No, don’t just gulp all the water you can at sehri, have it throughout the day in moderation to prepare your body for the fasting hours.
More importantly, avoid doing things or being at places that may cause dehydration and associated complications.
Take the Right Nutrition
Eating right is important if you want to be able to fast throughout the month. So, make it a point to have a healthy and balanced diet.
Go for complex carbohydrates, such as, whole wheat bread for sehri, as complex carbs take time to digest and hence, will make you feel fuller for longer. Also try and have sehri as late as possible before the fasting hours begin.
On the other hand, avoid eating foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates for iftari. Go for foods that are rich in simple carbs, such as fruits and milk.
Minimum physical exercise should be taken up by diabetics, such as, walking. Also consult with your diabetologist on what exercises you should take up and set a time for it because maintaining a routine is key.
However, avoid exercising during fasting hours, especially before iftari.
Monitor Blood Sugar Level
To be able to see how you are doing while fasting, it is important to monitor your blood sugar level frequently, especially if you take insulin.
It is recommended that you monitor your blood sugar level at least four times a day. And if there are any signs of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia (low or high blood sugar), break your fast in order to normalize blood sugar levels.