Exercise for diabetics during fasting in Ramadan

Ramadan, the month of fasting, is being observed with due dignity among Muslims around the world. Most diabetics are interested in fasting, except for a few complex patients in general. During the month of Ramadan, there are major changes in our eating habits and eating schedules. Patients with diabetes need to adapt to this change.

It is important to keep in mind that diabetes can be easily controlled with proper diet and regular physical activity. The easiest part of the exercise is walking. You have to walk at least 30 minutes at least five days a week. Take a walk at any time of the day based on your lifestyle. Apart from that, walking or running on a treadmill, swimming, cycling, jumping rope etc. can be an alternative to walking.

Since this fast is on a hot day, dehydration may occur due to excessive sweating. Since fasting requires abstaining from food and drink during the day, there is a high risk of dehydration due to excessive physical activity or exercise. Other times there is an opportunity to take food or water after exercise, which is not possible by fasting. As a result, the level of sugar in the body decreases a lot and hypoglycemia can occur.

Therefore, those diabetics who regularly walk or exercise should make some changes in their rules while fasting.

It is better to fast during the month of Ramadan and not to do much exercise during the day. One hour after Iftar or dinner you can do light to moderate exercise or walk. Or you can walk or exercise before Sahri.

Patients with fasting diabetes read Tarabih but it does some exercise. So even if you do not do extra exercise.

● If possible, you can exercise at home on a treadmill or cycling machine. You can play table tennis or indoor games at home.

● Young people can jump rope if there is no other problem.

Drink adequate amount of water from Iftar to Sahri to avoid dehydration.

Blood glucose levels should be measured immediately if you feel weak while fasting, if you feel dizzy, if you see blurred vision, excessive sweating, trembling hands.

Consult a doctor if blood glucose level is less than 3.9 ml or more than 16.6 ml.

● Be sure to reschedule your medication or insulin levels as advised by your doctor.

Consult a doctor immediately without neglecting any kind of physical illness.

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