Diabetic Patients and Ramadan


  • Syed Abbas Raza Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Mariam Hassan Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan


More than 50 million people with diabetes mellitus fast during Ramadan, a religious obligation for all healthy adult Muslims. Fasting leads to several physiological changes in the body and these may result in acute complications in persons with uncontrolled diabetes such as hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, dehydration and thrombosis. Evidence from existing literature guides the physicians in their assessment of Muslim patients with diabetes who wish to fast. Assessment should include risk stratification based on existing control of diabetes and its chronic complications. In the light of this assessment medical recommendation is given which includes dose modification of oral medication and insulin, dietary advice and structured patient education.


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How to Cite

Abbas Raza, S., & Hassan, M. (2014). Diabetic Patients and Ramadan. Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies, 28(1), 21. Retrieved from https://www.asean-endocrinejournal.org/index.php/JAFES/article/view/47



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