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Practice Nursing; Apr 2020; vol. 31 (no. 4); p. 148-154
Individuals with diabetes may wish to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. David Morris provides an overview of the key considerations for practice nurses helping people with diabetes to manage their condition Ramadan is the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, during which healthy adult Muslims fast. Vulnerable people with diabetes can be exempted from fasting during Ramadan; however, many Muslims with diabetes feel strongly committed to observing Ramadan. The adoption of fasting together with alteration of mealtimes, sleeping arrangements and exercise, places physiological demands on the individual that are likely to be greater in those with diabetes. Health professionals involved in the care of these patients need to offer timely advice on the risks associated with fasting in those with diabetes and, where fasting is planned, support and empower these individuals.