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MoH provides guidelines for fasting individuals with chronic conditions

10 Mar 2024 MoH provides guidelines for fasting individuals with chronic conditions

Muscat – The Ministry of Health (MoH) has issued important guidelines for individuals with chronic conditions who wish to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. This initiative aims to promote health and wellness, ensuring a balanced approach to fasting.

In an announcement, MoH emphasised the importance of prioritising health and well-being during Ramadan. Individuals with chronic conditions such as Type 1 diabetes, or those with kidney and liver conditions, are strongly advised to consult their healthcare provider before deciding to fast. This precautionary measure is crucial to ensure their safety and health during the fasting period, it said.

‘For those on medication, it is imperative to discuss with your doctor the possibility of adjusting medication timings to accommodate the fasting schedule. Such adjustments are essential to maintain health and prevent any adverse effects during Ramadan.’

The ministry also recommends adhering to a nutritious diet, as advised by healthcare professionals and nutritionists. It suggests having the pre-dawn meal – suhoor – as late as possible and ensuring that iftar includes a variety of vegetables, fruits and proteins. This dietary approach is aimed at sustaining energy levels and promoting overall health.

Hydration is another key aspect highlighted by MoH. Individuals are encouraged to drink ample water between iftar and suhoor to stay well-hydrated. Consumption of stimulants such as tea, coffee and soft drinks should be limited to avoid dehydration.

Additionally, to prevent low blood sugar levels, engaging in physical exercise is recommended after iftar rather than before. This timing helps in maintaining stable energy levels throughout the fasting day.

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