fasting for Ramadan

By nurmala Latest Reply 2011-07-24 01:07:08 -0500
Started 2011-07-23 12:07:43 -0500

just been diagnosed with type 2 daiabetes earlier this month.

unsure whether to go ahead and fast during ramadan or should i be exempt from it since i'm still on medication and blood glucose level is still around the 8-11mM range? at least its better than 22mM when i was first diagnosed with d2.

5 replies

George1947 2011-07-24 01:07:08 -0500 Report

Check with your cleric about the exception to the rule for medical reasons. I know other Muslim diabetics who don't fast because of this disease.

spiritwalker 2011-07-23 21:29:52 -0500 Report

You need to check with your MD or Diabetes team. Personally my MD told me that
fasting is out of the question in my case. Each of us is different. Speak openly with
your MD and share you concerns. Its the place for the best advice for you.

jayabee52 2011-07-23 21:43:31 -0500 Report

You might ALSO want to contact your Imam (or whatever term you designate your spititual leader) . See what kind of allowances are made in whatever branch of Islam you follow for medical conditions during Ramadan.

Since you are measuring your BG numbers in mmol/L, I guess you are not in the USA.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-07-23 17:26:58 -0500 Report

I agree, check with your Dr. I have had to fast for up to 12 hrs.a few times for tests since being diagnosed with Diabetes. Also, I have had to follow a clear liquid diet for medical tests and surgeries. My BG went low for some and high for others. The Drs. had given me instructions on what to do in those cases. I am not familar with the Ramadan restrictions, are you allowed any liquids during the fasting hours?

granniesophie 2011-07-23 16:38:56 -0500 Report

I know you have to eat to maintain your levels and take your medicines, but I do understand the need for fasting, so the best advice I can give is to ask your doctor before beginning the fasting and see what he says.