Ramadan: supporting people with long-term conditions

With Ramadan 2024 starting in March 2024 the article in the link below discusses the impact of Ramadan fasting on individuals with chronic diseases, particularly focusing on diabetes management. Ramadan, a month-long fasting period observed by Muslims worldwide, poses challenges for individuals with diabetes due to potential risks of hypo- and hyperglycemia, dehydration, and other complications.

To support patients during Ramadan, healthcare providers are advised to conduct structured pre-Ramadan reviews, especially for individuals with diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, thyroid disease, cancer, epilepsy, severe mental illness, eating disorders, and those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or engaged in occupational activities that may affect their health.

Key recommendations for managing diabetes during Ramadan include:

  • Conducting pre-Ramadan education sessions at least 6-8 weeks before Ramadan.
  • Providing dietary advice focusing on balanced meals during Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (post-sunset meal), emphasizing low glycemic index foods and hydration.
  • Adjusting medication doses, especially for insulin and sulphonylurea, based on individual risk assessments and blood glucose monitoring.
  • Encouraging regular blood glucose monitoring and breaking the fast if blood sugar levels become too low or too high.
  • Seeking specialist advice for patients with complex medical conditions or uncertainty regarding fasting safety.

The article highlights the importance of patient education, personalized care plans, and proactive management strategies to ensure the safe observance of Ramadan while maintaining optimal health outcomes for individuals with chronic diseases, particularly diabetes.

For more information on health guidance during Ramadan please see the full article in the link below. If you would like to book an appointment with a Private Harley Street GP then please get in touch with us here.

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