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Fasting for Ramadan if you are Muslim and Have Diabetes

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This is part four of a five-part article on diabetes and fasting. In part one, the question was is it safe for a diabetic to fast?. Please read part one for a better understanding of this and other parts of the health series on diabetic fasting risks.

For more information on spiritual fasting for Muslims, please visit Islam-USA for an excellent article written by Shahid Athar , M. D. which specifically deals with diabetes and fasting, as it pertains to the Muslim observing Ramadan. I'm not able to link directly to that page but if you search for "diabetes fasting" from the search bar, you'll find it and others similar.

Fasting for Diabetic Muslims: Spiritual fasting is part of the practice of millions of Muslims who observe Ramadhaan every year. If you have diabetes, are Muslim and want to undergo a spiritual fast during this Sacred time, I've listed a resource on this page that has specific information on the rich foods that are so often a part of the observation of Ramadan / Ramadhaan.

Suggested allowable foods for diabetics listed on the daily diet include:
* Potato Bhujia
* Fool Midammis
* Laban
* Salatet Hummus
* Bhuna Gosht
There are specific criteria for determining whether you are allowed to fast if diabetic. The criteria listed include those for male Muslims with diabetes who are over the age of 20 and female Muslims with diabetes who are not pregnant or nursing and are over the age of 20. Normal body weight is also considered a criteria for spiritual fasting (and fasting in general), as is the absense of infection or medical conditions that are unstable such as severe high blood pressure, COPD, kidney stones, CAD or emphysema.

For suggestions on diet, diabetic risks and other information about fasting during Ramadan, Please visit Joslin Diabetes Center.

Health Care Disclaimer: Muslims who are diabetic and wish to fast during the month of Ramadan should speak with their doctors about the risks and also seek advice from spiritual leaders when deciding whether to fast or how long to fast. Specific risks that should be considered include, but are not limited to, hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia.