SRINAGAR: People who are taking medicines for diabetes and hypertension can fast comfortably in the holy month of Ramazan, but with healthy diet and continuing with their regular medication, Principal of Government Medical College Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid, told Kashmir Reader. She, however, cautioned that people with complications in kidney, liver or cardiovascular diseases should avoid fasting or consult a physician before fasting.
Pregnant women should also avoid fasting, especially during the first three months and in the latter part of pregnancy, as they could be putting the health of their baby at risk, Dr Rashid said.
Dr Rashid, who is a well-known physician of the Valley, said that those who have mild to moderate hypertension which is controlled with oral medicines once or twice a day can fast without any major issue.
“Many people in Kashmir who are diagnosed with diabetes and high blood pressure usually avoid the Ramazan fast due to apprehensions of medical complication. But they shouldn’t worry because with proper medication and healthy diet they can keep the fast,” she said.
However, those with uncontrolled hypertension should refrain from fasting as it poses a risk to their lives, she said.
“They should not keep fast as doctors put them on multiple drug therapy throughout the day,” she said.
For diabetic patients, she said, the pre-dawn and post-sunset meals should be taken with proper routine. “Diabetic patients should consult a physician before keeping fast. Regular meals, proper intake of meals and medicines (oral and insulin) will help to keep the sugar level within the normal range,” she said.
People with complications in kidney, liver or cardiovascular diseases should avoid fasting or consult a physician, she said. “They should keep in touch with their doctor to plan their diet and medicines, especially insulin, to prevent hypoglycemia. It’s also important for them to stay hydrated and take proper rest,” Dr Samia said.
She advised underweight and adolescent people to take proper meal and fluids if they want to fast in Ramadan. “For them, proper diet and fluids are important. It will keep them healthy and active,” Dr Rashid said.