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HMC advises patients with Type 1 diabetes to not fast during Ramadan

HMC advises patients with Type 1 diabetes to not fast during Ramadan

Hamad General Hospital (HGH) and Al Wakra Hospital (AWH) – members of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) – recently launched a series of lectures aimed at raising public awareness of diabetes mellitus and specifically safe fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

Dr. Ibrahim Al Tereky, Senior Consultant Endocrinology/Diabetes and Head of the National Diabetes Center at AWH, advised individuals with type 1 diabetes, especially those with cardiac and kidney conditions, as well as pregnant women with diabetes, to not fast. He explained that this category of patients is at high risk of developing severe complications if they fast.

He said type 2 diabetics can fast while taking some special precautions, such as consulting their physicians before the start of Ramadan to learn how to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and to review their medication regimen, including doses and their medication schedule. “It is recommended for any type 2 diabetic who wishes to fast to delay Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal‎) until the last possible time and to consume plenty of water between Iftar (breaking fast at sunset) and Suhoor to avoid dehydration,” he suggested.

Al Tereky also stressed the importance of monitoring blood glucose levels regularly during the fast by making several blood checks a day, especially in the first days of Ramadan. He advised patients to avoid sleeping during the last hours before Iftar. Al Tereky warned patients against doing physical exercises during fasting hours and suggested delaying exercises until night time in order to avoid hypoglycemia (lowering of blood glucose levels).


  1. Naturebox

    People will have to weigh their faith versus their health.

    I feel sorry for the people with diabetes that haven’t yet figured out that the secret to curing it, without relying on bullcrap meds that just treat it, is in their diet and lifestyle. Luckily I was able to beat my own Type 2 Diabetes when I figured out that metformin was ineffective compared to natural cures available to me, thanks to the 7 Steps books (review of the book: ). Essentially, the book guided me towards improvements in my health that were so easy to understand that I read it from cover to cover in the same night I tdiscovered it. Today, a few months later, I’ve dropped 30 pounds. My blood sugar is down from 140 to 70-80 (fasted). I feel better than ever. If you suffer from diabetes, take a good long look at your diet and lifestyle, and even try out the book itself and see if it can guide you towards a better health like it did me.

  2. Paul Hernandez

    I never fast during Ramadan even if I am a type 2 diabetics.
    I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and put on Metformin on June 26th, 2014. I started the ADA diet and followed it 100% for a few weeks and could not get my blood sugar to go below 140. Finally i began to panic and called my doctor, he told me to get used to it. He said I would be on metformin my whole life and eventually insulin. At that point i knew something wasn’t right and began to do a lot of research. On April 13th I found this book on I read the book from end to end that night because everything the writer was saying made absolute sense. I started the diet that day and the next morning my blood sugar was down to 100, the next day was in the 90’s and now i have a fasting blood sugar between Mid 70’s and the 80’s. My doctor took me off the metformin after just one week of being on this lifestyle change. I have lost over 30 pounds in a month. I now work out twice a day and still have tons of energy. I have lost 6+ inches around my waist and I am off my high blood pressure medication too. I have about 20 more pounds to go till my body finds its ideal weight. The great news is, this is a lifestyle I can live with, it makes sense and it works. God Bless the writer. I wish the ADA would stop enabling consumers and tell them the truth. You can get off the drugs, you can help yourself, but you have to have a correct lifestyle and diet. No more processed foods.

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