Fasting in Ramadan is safe for majority of diabetics with proper education and diabetic management

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 International Biennial Conference on Ramadan and Health

Fasting in Ramadan is safe for majority of diabetics
with proper education and diabetic management

They should be advised not skip meals and take
medication regularly - Prof. Fereidoun Azizi

KARACHI: Three days Pakistan International Biennial Conference on Ramadan and Health was held at Karachi from October 9-11th, 2015. Health Minister Sindh, Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar inaugurated the conference jointly organized by Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Baqai Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology and Sir Syed Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology. Sardar Yaseen Malik, Chairman Hilton Pharma was the guest of honor. The theme of the Conference was “Ramadan leading to better life.” National and International delegates from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia and UAE participated in the Conference.Prof. Zaman Shaikh from Sir Syed Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology and Prof. Yaqoob Ahmedani of Baqai Institute of Diabetes & Endocrinology were also present at the occasion.

Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Health Minister Sindh, speaking at the occasionemphasized the importance of Ramadan and improving health practice. Benefit of Ramadan, he said, should not be confined to Ramadan but it should be for the whole year because it helps for better and healthy life.

Prof. Tariq Rafi, Vice Chancellor, JSMU, informed that this Conference is the first of its kind in Pakistan. The purpose of the Conference is to improve patients care and to share local research with international researchers. It will enlighten the above mentioned perception. Through this platform, the scientific evidence toward better health outcomes proceeded by the fasting during the month of Ramadan will be communicated to the larger audience. He further stated that this Conference is a good opportunity to Pakistani research workers to share their research experiences and suggest guideline to the patients of different diseases for particular condition of fasting during Ramadan.

Prof. Fereidoun Azizi from Iran delivering Thematic lecture on Ramadan Fasting and Diabetes Mellitus said that about fifty million Muslims with diabetes fast each year. NIDDM patients and IDDM patients who insist on fasting should be given a few recommendations about fasting. They should be forbidden from skipping meals and taking medication irregularly. The principles of pre-Ramadan considerations are assessment of physical wellbeing, assessment of metabolic control, adjustment of the diet protocol for Ramadan fasting. Adjustment of the drug regimen like change long-acting hypoglycemic drugs to short-acting drugs to prevent hypoglycemia, encouragement of continued proper physical activity, recognition of warning symptoms of dehydration, hypoglycemia and other possible complications.

Continuing he further said that fasting in Ramadan is safe for the majority of diabetics patients with proper education and diabetic management. Education for safe fasting is very important and diabetic Patients should consult their physician at least two to three month prior to Ramadan. Most NIDDM patients can fast safely during Ramadan. Diabetics with complication and those who are at high risk should not fast. Management of diabetes in Ramadan is a good example and appropriate self-management is the key to Ramadan fasting for diabetes, he added.