If you are planning on fasting and have diabetes, it is important to speak to your diabetes healthcare team as early as possible before Ramadan. For some people with diabetes, fasting can be dangerous or can cause problems to your health. Your diabetes team will be able to advise you on whether it is safe for you to fast. If you are able to fast, they will advise you on how to keep good diabetes control throughout the fasting period.
From 2014, for the next several years, Ramadan in the UK is in the summer months and the length of fasts is very long (17 hours +). Long fasts put you at higher risk of hypoglycemia and dehydration, which can make you ill.
High blood glucose levels can also occur if you eat excessively at Suhoor or Iftar.
For more advice, view our video on Ramadan and Diabetes Care below:
For more information about diabetes:
- View our video on 5 Pillars of a Healthy Ramadan
- Download a fact sheet on Diabetes and Ramadan
- Find out more about Salma Mehar, community dietitian