Ramadan runs from 18 June to 17 July 2015. From 2015, and for several years to come, Ramadan in the UK will take place in the Summer months, with the length of fasts being very long (17 hours or more per day). Long fasts put people with diabetes at higher risk of hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia and dehydration.
Ultimately, it is a personal choice whether or not to fast. However, Diabetes UK is advising people with diabetes who do choose to fast to visit their GP in advance, and to try to do a practice fast a couple of days in month before Ramadan starts.
Ramadan advice for your patients
- check blood glucose levels more often
- continue a varied and balanced diet
- eat more starchy carbohydrates and more slowly absorbed foods
- avoid too many sugary and fatty foods
- drink plenty of water to aviod dehydration when breaking the fast
Diabetes UK's innovative Ramadan project, which helps Muslims with diabetes to fast safely through Ramadan, is now in its third year. This year, the programme has gone nationwide, recruiting volunteers in each region to help raise awareness locally in the lead up to Ramadan.