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Looking after diabetes during Ramadan - A guide for patients
A guide to your diabetes management during Ramadan
In the UK there are 2.8 million people diagnosed with diabetes (Diabetes UK 2011). Many of these people are Muslim and will plan to fast during Ramadan.
If you are thinking of fasting for Ramadan then you might need to visit your Diabetes Team before Ramadan, for advice on how to manage your diabetes at this time. This might mean booking an appointment at least 2 months before the start of Ramadan.
It is important to discuss any medication changes before you start fasting. If changes are not made you may be at risk of hypoglycaemia (where your blood glucose levels fall to less than 4 mmol/l). You could also have high blood glucose levels during this time, which could lead to health problems in the short and long term.
This booklet has been developed to give you advice about how to manage your diabetes during fasting. Further advice can be sought from your Diabetes Team.