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  1. Hello,
    Welcome to medimetry.
    Thanks for the query.

    Ultimately, it is a personal choice whether or not to fast. However, if you do choose to fast, then you must consult your doctor or healthcare team before Ramadan, to make sure that you are able to look after yourself properly. Failing to do so is in itself contrary to the Qur'an, which clearly states that you must not act in a way that harms your body.

    This information will help you reduce the risks of becoming ill during Ramadan if you decide to fast, as well as highlighting the dangers of fasting for people with diabetes.

    If you decide to fast

    If, after consulting with your doctor, you decide to fast:

    If you are taking insulin, you will require less insulin before the start of the fast. The type of insulin may also need changing from your usual type Pre-mixed insulin is not recommended during fasting
    Before starting the fast, you should include more slowly absorbed food (low GI), such as basmati rice and dhal, in your meal, along with fruit and vegetables
    Check your blood glucose levels more often than you normally would
    When you break the fast, have only small quantities food, and avoid only eating sweet or fatty foods
    Try to eat just before sunrise, when you commence the next day's fast
    At the end of fasting you should drink plenty of sugar-free and decaffeinated fluids to avoid being dehydrated.

    Hope this helps,
    Take care!!