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To fast or not to fast?

The 'Daily Mail' recently reported that healthier arteries were found in people with diabetes who fasted. This may be true, but- in order to control their diabetes and reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia (hypos).

Extreme hypos can lead to convulsions and even comas.

“Whether you are intending to fast for health or religious reasons, before starting the fast you should contact your healthcare team in order to assess your current level of diabetes control,” said Diabetes UK Care Advisor Cathy Moulton.

“You should also rest as much as possible during the fast. And if you feel hypoglycaemic at any point you must break the fast and consume some sort of some sugary beverage followed by starchy food.”

Fasting, religion and diabetes

Religious laws state that a person should not put their health at risk while fasting and becoming hypoglycaemic could do just that. For instance, Muslim people with diabetes are exempt from fasting during Ramadan (speak to your Imam about this).

Fasting and diabetes

Many people with diabetes who are on tablets or insulin are not medically advised to fast for long periods. Nor is it sensible to fast if there is any damage to your eyes, kidneys, heart or to the nerves in your hands and feet.

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