Diabetes and Fasting

There may be occasions where you may wish to fast. This could be for religious purposes, such as Ramadan or Lent, or to achieve a weight goal.

If you are considering fasting it is very important that you speak with your doctor on how best to manage this.

It is possible that during a period of fasting a person with diabetes could develop high blood glucose levels if they don’t take their medication, or if they are less physically active than normal.

Discuss with your doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator any difficulties experienced in previous fasts and how you coped with them. They can advise on any adjustment of medication that may be required to enable you to fast safely.

Diabetes and Fasting for Muslims - Ramadan

During this month foods and fluids are only allowed at night so fasting extends from dawn to sunset. Longer gaps between meals and greater amounts of foods - in particular, a higher intake of carbohydrates - may mean people with diabetes experience large swings in blood glucose levels during Ramadan.

If you have any concerns, discuss these with your doctor or Credentialled Diabetes Educator.

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