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Diabetes UK and British pro boxer Muhammad Ali (below)

share five top tips to help people with diabetes in the Muslim

community stay healthy during Ramadan.

Fighting fit in Ramadan

R

amadan, which this

year runs from around

23 April for 29 or 30

days, requires Muslims

to fast from sunrise to

sunset. People who are ill or have medical

conditions don't have to fast - including

those with diabetes. However, some

people still choose to do so.

This year, Ramadan also falls when

the suspected peak of the COVID-19

pandemic could take place, prompting

the charity to remind people marking

the occasion to do so safely by adhering

to social distancing rules and avoid

unnecessary hospital admissions by

fasting in a healthy way.

Five top tips:

1. If you are unwell or have any symptoms

of COVID-19 - do not fast.

2. If you do choose to fast, before you

start; include more slowly absorbed foods

(low GI), such as basmati rice and dhal, in

your meal, along with fruit and vegetables.

3. During your fast, if you already check

your blood sugar levels, do this more than

usual.

4. When you break the fast, have only

small quantities of food, and avoid only

eating sweet or fatty foods.

5. Stay at home - do not be tempted to

visit family, friends or the mosque during

this time.

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Daniel Howarth, Head of Care at Diabetes

UK, says, "We know that ultimately it is

a personal choice to fast, but if you do

choose to when you have diabetes, you

must take extra precautions to make

sure you are not putting your health at

risk. If you have diabetes, fasting can risk

aggravating complications associated

with the condition, such as poor vision,

heart or kidney disease, hypoglycaemia

and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) -

conditions that can require emergency

hospital treatment. If you're fasting and

you feel that you are having a hypo, you

must break your fast and take some

sugary fluids followed by starchy food as

otherwise you will harm your body and

may need medical attention. You can find

further advice on our website. If you're

showing any symptom of COVID-19, our

advice would be not to fast."

Professional Boxer Muhammed Ali,

who has Type 1 diabetes, has filmed

a video to share these tips. He said:

"Ramadan is a special time for the Muslim

community, but for those with diabetes

there are increased risks and it's important

that everyone does their best to stay

fighting fit during this pandemic - in order

to help the NHS. As a boxer with diabetes

I always say I'm just like any other ordinary

person and that life is not about waiting

for the storm to pass by; but learning to

weather the storm. These top tips are

easy to do and follow and make living

with diabetes during Ramadan that little

bit safer."

www.diabetes.org.uk

Ramadan is a special

time for the Muslim

community, but for

those with diabetes

there are increased

risks and it's important

that everyone does

their best to stay

fighting fit during this

pandemic in order to

help the NHS.

- Muhammed Ali

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