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May 2015, Volume 65, Issue 5


Diabetes care in Ramadan: An exemplar of person centered care

Fatema Jawad  , Sanjay Kalra

The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.1 Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, is observed by about one-third of mankind every year. During this month, the devout fast from pre-dawn to post-dusk, and spend time in prayer and meditation. For the believer, Ramadan represents a period of self- discipline, self-control and special prayers to come close to togetherness with Allah. The believer happily and patiently tolerates the challenges associated with fasting to achieve a "greater goal&

Ramadan Fasting in people with Diabetes

Abul Kalam Azad Khan

Fasting is an essential component to many of the world\'s religions including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism and Baha\'is. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and obligatory for all healthy adult Muslims. According to 2009 demographic study, there are around 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide - up to 23% of the world\'s population.1 Epidemiology of Diabetes and Ramadan (EPIDIAR) study in 13 Islamic countries showed that about 43% of people with type 1 diabetes and 79% of people with type 2 diabetes fast during Ramadan.2 Based on worldwide populatio

Ramadan and Diabetes Mellitus

Zafar Ahmed Latif

Physicians working in Muslim countries and communities commonly face the difficult task of advising people with diabetes on the safety of fasting as well as recommending the dietary and drug regimens to be followed during Ramadan. The lack of adequate literature on this subject makes it all the more difficult to answer these questions. To judge correctly whether to medically permit a person with diabetes to fast, it is essential for physicians to have an in-depth understanding of the effect of Ramadan fasting on the Pathophysiology of diabetes mellitus.1
Most people have no significant change in th

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