ISLAMABAD:While stressing on the benefits of fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, health specialist Sunday advised the people suffering from major ailment to consult their nutritionist before fasting in holy month to make adjustments to diet and their insulin and medication doses.
Patients with diabetes and Heart who chose to fast during the holy month should be educated about how to adjust their medications and be prepared to break the fast if necessary, says Specialist Prof Yaqoob Ahmadani talking to private news channel.
He encouraged citizens to avoid heat exhaustion in Ramadan by drinking enough water between sunset and sunrise.
“Water is one of the best fluids for proper hydration as it does not contain added sugars or caffeine which can actually increase dehydration,” he added.
He also clarifies some common myths that circulate due to lack of knowledge that diabetic and kidney patients with mild to moderate disease, those with cardiovascular issues as well as diabetics could keep fast in Ramadan without any trouble if they get prior consultation and education from their physicians.
He said patients should get their medicines doses adjusted, monitor their health in the holy month and eat balanced diet with plenty of water to keep themselves hydrated from Iftaar till Sehri.
Dr Yaqoob further said in recent Diabetic Conference held in Karachi all Islamic scholars give detail about the benefits of fasting for patients.
He said fasting results in reduction in cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and weight loss which ultimately lowers the risk of heart attack and other complications of the cardiovascular disease.
Fasting helps in better management of hypertension and if blood pressure is lowered by two degrees only, it reduces the risk of heart attack significantly.
He said fasting also reduces triglycerides and helps in weight loss, which is beneficial to the heart health.
He added that people should listen to their doctors as they knew better who could keep fast safely.
Specialist said that several health interventions, including get ear and eye drops, getting blood sugar monitored by pricking, getting insulin and getting intravenous or intramuscular injections did not result in breaking the fast.
It is allowable to have injection during fast, it does not invalidate the fast. Since insulin is a kind of injection thus you may take it in the state of fasting if needed, your fast shall not break, he mentioned.
There is also the assumption that Muslims fast for 30 days straight. First of all, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Not only is fasting for 30 full days a mental marathon, but humans can typically only go without food for 21 days and without a drink for four days.
Regular fasting can decrease your low-density protein, or “bad,” cholesterol, Dr said.
It’s also thought that fasting may improve the way your body metabolizes sugar. This can reduce your risk of gaining weight and developing diabetes, which are both risk factors for heart disease, he added.