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Guide to Diabetes

 Ramadan Facts 

There are are many myths and mis interpretations about who can and cannot fast during Ramadan. Essentially:

  • Islam says that if you have a long term condition such as diabetes you do not have to fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

  • In some circumstances fasting is not recommended (ie during pregnancy, children, the elderly) instead charity is given and other forms of zikr are performed. praying
  • If you choose to fast this year, provided it does not harm your health, you may want to speak to the diabetes specialist team/GP/practice nurse before the beginning of Ramadan.

  • If you are taking tablets along with the dietary control you should be extremely cautious if you do decide to fast as your risk of hypoglycaemia maybe increased.
  • If you are on insulin treatment you should consult with your diabetes team first to see if your dose can be adjusted to allow fasting during Ramadan.
  • Test your blood glucose levels regularly. This will NOT break you fast finger prick

  • If you do develop hypoglycaemia symptoms in the daytime, you should end the fast immediately

  • Website for Muslims with Diabetes Maslaha Website
    This website offers both Medical and islamic advice on how to look after health if you Diabetes. Winners of the 2010 Shared Practice Award DUK - Tower Hamlets PCT NHS.


  • You should aim to take a balanced diet. See Balanced Eating.

  • Blood glucose control is achieved not only by diet but also by the daily activities and exercise. During Ramadan, routine activity should not be reduced but some rest be taken in the afternoon.


Written by the UHL Diabetes Care team


Looking after Diabetes during Ramadan - A guide for patients

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