Endocrinologist highlights virtues of Ramadan fasting

Manama, – (BNA): Endocrinologist, Diabetes and Metabolism Consultant Dr. Wiam Hussein said that type 2 diabetic patients should fast only after consulting a physician because fasting requires simple modification of medicinal dosages, carbohydrates and sugar intake as well as regularly watch their daily blood glucose level.Dr. Hussein urged patients to avoid bingeing – i.e. excessive

Manama, – (BNA): Endocrinologist, Diabetes and Metabolism Consultant Dr. Wiam Hussein said that type 2 diabetic patients should fast only after consulting a physician because fasting requires simple modification of medicinal dosages, carbohydrates and sugar intake as well as regularly watch their daily blood glucose level.

Dr. Hussein urged patients to avoid bingeing – i.e. excessive eating or drinking – and to eat and drink in moderation which is essential to control their plasma sugar levels. 

Higher sugar levels increase thirst and excessive urination which adversely affects their fasting in the daytime. He also urged patients to avail from this God-given opportunity in order to be moderate in eating and drinking and to avoid the complications of diabetes and obesity. He said that fasting the month of Ramadan prevents the onset of psycho-somatic diseases and activates the pancreas. 

Fasting in the holy month of Ramadan benefits diabetic patients who may suffer from the complications of obesity, hypertension or coronary diseases besides plasma lipids, Dr. Hussein stressed. He urged people to lead an active and balanced lifestyle instead of leading sedentary life because physical exercise and moderate eating and drinking invigorate metabolism and bodily functions.


Dr. Hussein pointed out that the following diabetic patients need special attention throughout the holy month of Ramadan:

1- Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetic patients.
2- Patients who need to inject two or more insulin doses per day.
3- Pregnant mothers.
4- Unstable sugar-level patients.
5- If a patients suffers from acidosis or high blood sugar levels a few days or weeks before Ramadan.

Dr. Hussein said that in case of severe hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia, the patient should immediately break their fasting as soon as their plasma sugar level drops/increases to an alarming level and should revise their dosages with their treating physician in order to prevent recurrences. They should also regularly check their blood glucose level at home at different timings and should show these readings to their doctor particularly in the first few days of Ramadan.


Dr. Hussein added that it is important to measure blood sugar levels in the afternoon and before breaking the fast every day in order to prevent hypoglycemia. If the patient feels exhausted, dizzy, sweating, trembling, palpitation, headache or blurred vision this is indicative of low blood sugar level and should immediately check their blood sugar level and stop fasting and discuss the matter with their treating physician. (IY)

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