OPINION: CCG chair and GP Dr Prakash Chandra gives advice for a healthy Ramadan
PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 May 2017
Andrew Baker. 07977074356
This year the Holy Month of Ramadan, the month of fasting for Muslims, will start on or around May 27 (depending on the sighting of the new moon).
As Ramadan takes place during the summer the period of fasting is longer, meaning that it’s even more important to be aware of your health while fasting.
Longer, warmer days can increase the risk of dehydration, causing body aches, cramps, dizziness and exhaustion. Dehydration can particularly effect people with existing medical problems such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Take precautions and try to avoid long periods of time in the sun. We also encourage people to rehydrate well during non-fasting hours and to cut back on all types of caffeinated drinks.
It’s really important that people who take regular medication, such as for diabetes or high blood pressure, continue to take this as prescribed until they’ve spoken to their GP. Some medicines can be taken during Ramadan - including injections, ear drops, eye drops or patches where the medicine is absorbed through the skin. If you have diabetes, you should continue to monitor your blood glucose levels. Your GP may also be able to change your prescription so that you don’t have to take your medication during fasting hours. If you think there is a problem, please don’t hesitate to seek medical help.
Eating a balanced diet during the non-fasting hours helps to keep your body functioning properly during the day. Foods that release energy slowly, including carbohydrates and protein, will help to maintain energy levels. Visit nhs.uk/LiveWell for more help
It’s a great opportunity to quit smoking. Find your local Newham Stop Smoking service.
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