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Controlling your

diabetes during

Ramadan

Ramadan is fast approaching and if you have diabetes it can sometimes be hard to fast and control your diabetes. NHS Kirklees is keen to help you fast safely, while still observing the fast. Here are some general tips to help you join the fast without affecting your diabetes control badly: Check your blood sugar levels at different times of the day during Ramadan if you take medication such as gliclazide or insulin. Low blood sugar levels (a ‘hypo’) are dangerous, and if untreated can lead to fainting or fits, and hence must be strictly avoided.

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Eat complex carbohydrates at dawn (sehri) like wholemeal chapattis, whole grain bread and simple carbohydrates at dusk following iftari.

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Choose water or diluted squash to drink. Tea and coffee can make you pass more urine and lead to dehydration.

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Avoid fried, fatty and sugary foods. These will raise your blood sugar levels and will make it harder to control your diabetes.

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Seek advice from your GP or practice nurse to adjust your medication to maintain control of your diabetes

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Know the warning signs of hypoglycaemia and be prepared to break your fast immediately you suspect one.

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If you suffer from any complications of diabetes such as eye disease you should discuss this with your GP before Ramadan begins. Fasting can lead to poor control of diabetes which can worsen a condition you already have.

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Eat plenty of vegetables, salad, fruit and other foods high in fibre like lentils and whole grains to avoid constipation. Try to eat smaller meals to maintain weight or to loose weight. Try eating fruit before your meals.

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