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Ramadan and Diabetes

Ramadan and Diabetes

Diabetes UK has helpful information on fasting and managing diabetes during Ramadan, which can be found at

Diabetes UK suggest that if you do choose to fast during Ramadan, then you should consult your doctor beforehand. If after consulting with your doctor, you decide to fast during Ramadan:

  • 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.

More information can be found in Diabetes UK’s Fasting During Ramadan factsheet, developed in partnership with the Muslim Council of Britain’s Diabetes Advisory Group, which we’ve made available to download below:

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