Management of diabetes during Ramadan: practical guidelines.

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Abstract

Ramadan is a month-long period of heightened self-reflection about one's religion and one's relationships with others. During Ramadan, fasting during daylight hours is required. The fast is typically followed by a feast after dark. Although Muslims with certain medical conditions are allowed by Islamic law to abstain from fasting, many choose to fast during Ramadan for personal reasons. Diabetes is one of the most challenging conditions to manage during this time, and physicians and clinics with Muslim patients who have diabetes will need to be prepared if they are to support their patients who desire to fast. This article provides a general overview of Ramadan and offers practical guidance for managing adults and children with diabetes who are fasting during this important time in the Muslim calendar.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-38
Number of pages3
JournalMinnesota medicine
Volume97
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2014

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