Take care in holy month of Ramadan

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With the holy month of Ramadan having begun on June 18, Muslim readers will now be fasting for about 17 hours each day.

This can be challenging for anyone, but even more so for people with diabetes.

People with diabetes are not required to fast during Ramadan, but those who choose to do so need to take care as fasting for this length of time will increase the risk of their blood glucose levels rising or falling and of them becoming dehydrated.

If you have chosen to fast, remember it is important to eat foods that are slowly absorbed by the body – like basmati rice, chapattis and dhal – before sunrise and after sunset as they can help you to feel full for longer.

If you have any questions regarding fasting during Ramadan, or diabetes generally, contact Diabetes UK’s on 0845 120 2960 or visit www.diabetes.org.uk/careline

Stephen Ryan,

Diabetes UK.