The Muslim community across the world observes fasts for 30 days in the month of Ramadan. This month is considered to be the holiest month for the Muslims. In accordance to the belief in Islam, an adult is suppose to fast from the time of dawn till the time of dusk. It is the period of reflection and self purification which inculcates in them an emotion of compassion and love, and each Muslim is said to observe this practice of spirituality.
However, speculations regarding the diabetic patients and whether if they should miss food for this long, has been around for quite some time now. There happens to be a tussle in between faith and health during this time. Often it is stated that people with low level of sugar could fast.
Firstly, one should always examine and consult with their family doctor if it is advisable and safe for you to miss food and fast for hours at stretch. As the holy Quran says, that humans dealing with extreme health issues can be allowed to miss fasts.
How fasting affects the diabetics?
Diabetic patients are said to eat food every 2 to 4 hours, and are recommended to have meals in an organised manner. But the month of Ramadan requires people to fast from 11 to 16 hours, especially during summer. It can turn out to be harmful for those who are suffering from sugar and they should always be aware of the problems they might face.
Where the blood sugar is normal, the condition is called Hypoglycemia. Missing food for long hours affects the glucose level adversely. One can also experience the condition of Diabetic Ketoacidosis, in which the fat starts burning by the body in order to gain energy. Waste products known as ketones are then produced, which makes the blood in the human body acidic. This turns more dangerous when one does not even drink water as it is not allowed while fasting.
Foods that will maintain a diabetic’s health in Ramadan
If you have already made up your mind to fast despite of certain challenges you might face while fasting, then might as well add these food items to your diet to remain healthy. Also, every once in a while do check up with the doctor for assurance.
- Start having your iftar with food that is rich in carbohydrates and which simply could be absorbed easily by your body such as milk or 2-3 dates. Then go ahead by eating complex carbohydrates such as chappatis or brown rice.
- For suhoor, one can involve whole grain bread, whole grain cereal, or vegetables in their food. Complex carbohydrates take time to digest and hence help you stay full through the day.
- Food like tofu, fish, nuts, greek yogurt, low-fat milk,cottage cheese are excellent sources of lean protein.
- Also some fruits and milk before bedtime can surely maintain your sugar level.
- Drink loads of water in the evening and avoid caffeinated beverages.
- Increase salad intake in the food for fibre.
- Also manage to cook the food in olive oil as it increases good cholesterol and gives energy to the body.