Ramadan (the fasting month) is approaching fast. While Ramadan poses no danger to healthy people, it can be risky for those with pre-existing health conditions like diabetes, especially if they fast without adequate preparation and care. Dr Sueziani Binte Zainudin, Consultant, Department of Endocrinology, SKH, shared the risks of fasting for patients with diabetes, common examples of unsafe diabetes self-management practices and its risks, and the importance of monitoring one's blood glucose levels. She emphasized that through risk assessment, necessary modification, monitoring to avoid and detect early complications with the appropriate intervention, patients with diabetes can fast safely. Joanna Tan, Senior Dietitian, SKH, provided advice on weight gain during Ramadan, the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet, and ways to avoid dehydration during Ramadan.
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