‘Namaz’ itself a fairly good exercise, especially the night ‘taraveeh’ prayers
Persons with type 2 diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels more frequently during Ramzan fasting to reduce the risk of developing hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar). They should strike a balance between diet, exercise and treatment.
A team of doctors highlighted the risks diabetics run while fasting and said the problem can be managed with dietary regulations in consultation with the doctors.
Speaking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Dr. Mohd Abu Baker, Dr. Mohd Siraj (Deccan Medical College of Science, Dr. Prasun Deb (Yashoda Hospital) and Dr. K.D. Modi (Medwin Hospital) said persons with type 2 diabetes wishing to fast ought to undergo a pre Ramzan medical assessment one to two months before the month of fasting begins.
More than 50 million people with diabetes fast worldwide despite medical advice. In Islam exemption from fasting is given to the sick, old and seriously ill and this should be availed, Dr. Baker said. There are lifestyle modifications during Ramzan with changes in eating pattern. Persons with low and high blood sugar, diabetic ketoacidosis, thrombosis and dehydration are exposed to high risks. Low sugar level can be fatal and it should not be underestimated, the doctors said.
As for exercise, the doctors felt ‘namaz’ itself was a fairly good exercise, especially the night ‘taraveeh’ prayers.
The American Diabetes Association had made recommendations for management of diabetes during Ramzan. The booklet “the facts about fasting during Ramzan” is being launched across the country and is available at select doctor clinics.