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Fasting during Ramadan may not be such a good idea if you’re a diabetic

A new study examines the risk of fasting during Ramadan for people with type 1 diabetes.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 10, 2017 10:00 IST
ANI, Washington
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Ramadan will begin on the evening of May 26 this year.(HT Photo)

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is common among patients with type 1 diabetes who fast during Ramadan and is the main cause of having to break the fast, say researchers.

In a new study, researchers examined the risk of fasting during Ramadan for people with type 1 diabetes comparing blood glucose control and the rates of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia between users of insulin pump therapy versus multiple daily insulin injections.

The researchers report their findings in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics (DTT), a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

Reem Alamoudi, MD, MHSc, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal National Guard Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, and coauthors from Saudi Arabia and Qatar compared glucose data collected using self-monitoring or continuous glucose monitoring in two groups of patients, one on a regimen of daily insulin injections and the other using continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion.

In the article entitled “Comparison of Insulin Pump Therapy and Multiple Daily Injections Insulin Regimen in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes During Ramadan Fasting,” the researchers highlight the differences in glucose control, glucose variability, and rates of hypo- and hyper-glycemia between the two treatment groups.

“In the future, use of an ‘artificial pancreas’ hybrid closed-loop system during Ramadan may allow patients to reduce or even eliminate hypoglycemia with increased time-in-range and reduced glucose variability,” says DTT Editor-in-Chief Satish Garg, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver (Aurora).

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First Published: Apr 10, 2017 09:30 IST