SRINAGAR: Fasting in Ramadan reduces glucose level in type 2 diabetic patients, a study by the SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) has revealed.
The study titled “Impact of Ramadan on fasting and post-prandial glucose of type 2 diabetic patients in Kashmir” suggests that Ramadan is beneficial in controlling the glucose levels in the diabetic patients.
The research has been conducted by noted endocrinologist at SKIMS, Dr Shariq Masoodi, along with two other researchers from Tamil Nadu.
The study was conducted last year during Ramadan at the Department of Endocrinology. The patients who formed the study sample were selected a month before Ramadan in order to measure their fasting and postprandial (after eating a meal) glucose level before and after the holy month. The patients were however advised to take their medicines and insulin doses regularly.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes in which there is a high level of sugar (glucose) in the blood. The findings of the study revealed that there was a significant alteration in the fasting and postprandial glucose levels in these patients. As per the study the blood glucose level of these patients was higher, but it significantly declined towards normalcy after fasting.
“Their average fasting blood glucose was 147.2 before Ramadan, and after Ramadan it was 125.6. Average postprandial glucose was 184.25 before Ramadan, and after Ramadan it was 162.41,” the study states.
“It was concluded from the results that positive reduction was noticed in fasting and postprandial blood glucose levels of type 2 diabetic patients during Ramadan. Therefore type 2 diabetic patients are advised to follow religious activity (Ramadan) by offering prayers regularly with changing lifestyles (food intake),” states the study.