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Managing Chronic Diseases During Ramadan: 5 Tips From a Doctor

Ease chronic illnesses during Ramadan with five key pieces of medical advice from a Family Medicine physician at Mediclinic Abu Dhabi

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13 March 2024

Last updated on 13 March 2024
How to manage chronic illness while fasting in Ramadan

Fasting can present unique challenges individuals with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, or cardiovascular conditions.

Effective management of chronic conditions during Ramadan is crucial to ensure both spiritual adherence and health safety.

Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital Family Medicine physician, Dr. Ibtihal Al-Tamimi, shares five tips to keep in mind during the holy month.

1. Medication Timing

Patients must consult with healthcare providers to adjust medication timings. For instance, individuals with diabetes may need to alter their insulin doses or switch to medications with longer durations of action.

For short-term conditions requiring treatment, such as antibiotics for infections or non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain, medications with once-daily dosing could be selected.

Non-oral dosage forms such as injections, inhalations, and eye/ear drops are usually allowed during the fast, although some variations of consideration exist.

Managing chronic illness while fasting in Ramadan | Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital Abu Dhabi

2. Balanced Nutrition

During non-fasting hours, emphasis should be placed on consuming balanced meals. Incorporating complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help stabilise blood sugar levels and prevent complications.

3. Keep Hydrated

Dehydration can exacerbate chronic conditions. Patients are encouraged to hydrate adequately between fasts, consuming water-rich foods and beverages to maintain hydration levels.

4. Keep Monitoring Your Health

Regular monitoring of vital signs and blood glucose levels is essential. Patients should be vigilant for any symptoms of deterioration and seek medical attention if necessary.

5. Educational Support

Healthcare professionals play a vital role in educating patients about managing their conditions during Ramadan.

Providing tailored advice and support can empower individuals to fast safely while maintaining their health.

Managing chronic illness during Ramadan

By implementing these strategies, individuals with chronic diseases can navigate Ramadan fasting safely, ensuring both spiritual fulfillment and health well-being.

Collaboration between patients and healthcare providers is paramount in achieving optimal management and preserving overall health during this holy time.

Authored by Dr. Ibtihal Altamimi.

The Family Medicine physicians at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital Abu Dhabi can be the first contact for patients of all ages. They are knowledgeable about a wide range of conditions and will be able to appropriately refer to a specialist if necessary.

To consult with a Family Medicine doctor, please get in touch below.

Dr. Ibtihal Altamimi, Consultant Family Medicine at Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital Abu Dhabi

Dr. Ibtihal Altamimi
Family Medicine Consultant
Mediclinic Airport Road Hospital, Abu Dhabi

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