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If you have found this blog, saying Welcome does not really seem appropriate. I know you wish you weren't surfing the internet for diabetes. I felt the same.

A big part of me wishes I were not writing about diabetes, nor did I anticipate to become so opinionated or informed on the subject, but it happened. In 2010, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

It wasn't really part of the plan… Correction - it was not part of the plan, but it happened. It is not always easy, but I think we are all doing okay, and I hope we continue to do so.

Why the Middle East? I happen to live in Dubai. I don't think that living in the Middle East makes mine or my son's diabetic experience any more unique or challenging than it does elsewhere in the developed world.

I hope you stick around, or read something you like. Feel free to comment and join the conversation, subscribe or follow this blog by liking the Facebook page Diapoint.

Please note: This blog does not give medical advice. I am opinionated, and I share my experiences, but the first rule of diabetes is to follow up with your doctor and/or nurse educator about your care, diagnosis or medication. If you do not have a medical practitioner that is helping you find your way through this crazy world, then do not give up until you find the right one.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ramadan and Diabetes

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
As we approach Ramadan, there will be many people in this region fasting.  While I am not Muslim, I took a look through the internet to see if there was anything readily available for the general diabetic public on this subject.  I found more medical discussions than advice.

I am aware that people with severe medical conditions are exempt from fasting - this includes diabetics according to what I read. Fasting was not medically recommended for diabetics.  This is due to the high chance of hypoglycemia, which can be deadly.  I would expect the long days of summer would only increase the risks.

I suggest to read something like this document, or others out there to get more information before you meet with your doctor to discuss fasting.  The link I have posted was written by a physician in Egypt, so he understands the importance of Ramadan.

Please do not just read a few articles and try to go it alone.  It is important to go to your doctor that manages your diabetes with knowledge and questions.  As we know - especially in the case of Type 1, each body is different so may have different requirements.

As the article I posted suggests, also make sure your family, coworkers and others who will be near you throughout the day are all aware of your diabetes and aware of what to do should you need help.   We should all be doing this even when it is not Ramadan.

If you do decide that you want to try to fast, speak to your doctor about this before you start.  I would also assume some follow up throughout Ramadan would be necessary.

Ramadan Kareem.

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