Fasting and Diabetes

By Somoca Latest Reply 2011-04-12 15:10:41 -0500
Started 2011-04-10 19:44:22 -0500

Is it possible for a diabetic to participate in a spiritual practice of fasting?

13 replies

knit57 2011-04-12 10:47:28 -0500 Report

A friend of mine explained Fasting for Lent - she said that you were not to go without food or water, just not eat between meals, not eat sweets and so on. God would rather you were healthy than make yourself sick to prove a point!

Art Loving
Art Loving 2011-04-12 10:57:16 -0500 Report

I believe Diabetics and persons over 59 are excempt by the Roman Catholic Church from fasting during lent.

GabbyPA 2011-04-11 13:55:25 -0500 Report

Fasting can be done in many different ways. The idea is to give up something you like for something spiritually important to you. I used to do broth fasts and drink only clear liquid broth, but that was when I was fasting for extended times. Sometimes it just can be a focused thing. What ever you choose to give up, it is your heart that makes all the difference.

kittenpurr1 2011-04-12 15:10:41 -0500 Report

So true, it can be anythin that you enjoy, like reading, watching TV. It doesn't have to be meals. I know some other daibetes, that fast that way.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-04-11 09:39:35 -0500 Report

I would say it should be okay, but let others be aware of what you are doing and check your BS regularily. Since you are fasting, you should not have any high BS, but you need to watch for the bottom dropping out. Good choice of topic! Thanks.

kdroberts 2011-04-11 07:57:21 -0500 Report

It's possible, but requires some preparation, discussions with your doctor and a few backup plans. Depending on the length of time you want to fast, you may or may not be able to do it.

1cookie :)
1cookie :) 2011-04-11 01:44:08 -0500 Report

I know there are exceptions to every rule generally mestruating, preganat and medical problems will exclude you from participating (my boss is Muslim-during ramadan-in know I spelled it wrong- this is the rule)

lonyona 2011-04-10 20:37:44 -0500 Report

it is possible it is many types of fast-you can fast sweets for that day- no juices just water for that day-no TV -etc. it's all about sacrificing what you really like and have a hard time giving up. What your flesh graves -fasting that is sacrifice.

kittenpurr1 2011-04-10 20:26:14 -0500 Report

I worked with a lady, she was diabetic, she was fasting- I went to the bathroom, and came back, found her on the floor, bleeding- her sugar had dropped. God understands, this is a medical condition that you must take care of. You could pass out driving, these are the reasons they tell you to always have a snack with you. When mine dropped, I am still new to my diabetes, and the office didn't tell me, I was at the doctor, I had planned on stopping to get something to eat, I didn't feel hungry, it was 3 p.m., and the next thing I know, the lab tech is waking me up, saying, "Mam, it's 5:30 p.m"I was confused, I thought I had missed my doctor's appointment, he told me, he was concerned, because I was slumped over the steering wheel, and the car was running. so, I slept for 2 and half hours with my car running, now …I am so glad- I never put the car in drive, think of all the lives, I could have put into danger. No one never told me to check my sugar before driving. Now, I know. So, fasting isn't good for diabetics. I don't think God wants us to put others in danger, by fasting.

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