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Diabetes - Dose Adjustment In Ramadan

Diabetes - Dose Adjustment In Ramadan

Diabetes - Dose Adjustment In Ramadan

 

As we all know, Diabetes is a chronic and lifelong qsily be managed. Interestingly, Diabetes is not easily manageable yet during Ramadan. By following some tips, one can improve diabetes management through careful monitoring and dose adjustment. We will be discussing these steps and tips below in detail.

So here you go.

 

Are you planning to follow up with your doctor before Ramadan?

If yes, then this is a very wise decision for you. The doctor will assess your medical condition through some tests and then advise you as per your medical situation. After assessing your body's glycemic levels, blood pressure, and lipids, the doctor will make the necessary changes or set up a new regimen, including appropriate diet, medications, and exercise. For the proper check-up, go to your doctor at least one month before the start of Ramadan. Visit www.ehad.com.pk for a list of doctors available at Ehad Healthcare for your service, or call 0309-3331166 for more information.

 

Dose Adjustments of Insulin for the Controlled Glycemic Levels

To remain healthy during the fast in Ramadan, your doctor will adjust the insulin dose to keep glycemic levels in your body at a controlled point. Doctors can increase or decrease the insulin dose for suhoor and iftar time to manage Diabetes better.

 

Do you know what SMBG is? And How Important Is It?

SMBG means Self-monitoring of blood glucose. Patients must be counseled about testing their glycemic levels by using a glucometer and then noting it in a chart to keep a record for a doctor to overview and suggest treatment and management of the disease. SMBG is very important because it allows a patient to keep a check on their glycemic levels so that you can easily manage their blood sugar levels through your diet and medications after the consultation with your doctor.

 

Keeping A Control Over Your Glycemic Levels Through Exercise

Yes, you read it right. Isn't it interesting? Diabetic patients can effectively control their blood sugar levels by exercising regularly. But, how can glycemic levels be controlled through exercise? We do have an answer to your query.

And it is that, when you exercise and have physical activity, your body becomes more sensitive towards insulin, this helps in keeping blood sugar levels normal. Hence, it is quite important to exercise with easy steps regularly.

 

Most Feasible Step To Control Diabetes - Keep Your Diet Simple

Keeping your diet, eating habits and eating schedule simple and healthy is easier during Ramadan than during a whole year.

Consume fiber-loaded food items in iftar and suhoor. This will help in proper digestion and make you feel full. And keep your hands away from fried and oily food items. Sit at the table where you see food items like salads, fruits, vegetables, whole wheat items, and pulses to make sure you only eat healthy to live happily.

The patient's family should be counseled about cooking the patient's food in monounsaturated oils like olive oil.

Eating fruits does not mean that you eat 4 to 5 fruits at once. No, never. Instead, eat one fruit in suhoor and 1 in iftar as per your choice. Maintain a balanced diet by taking small portions from every food group, including pulses, grains, fruits, vegetables, brown rice etc. Eat food items that release energy slowly to keep you active all day. Avoid eating food rich in carbohydrates and fats in iftar. Drink enough water at suhoor and iftar to keep yourselves hydrated all day.

 

Hypoglycemia During A Fast

All the diabetic patients and their family members reading this must know and keep in mind that if blood glucose levels in the body of diabetic patients drop below 70 mg/dl, then immediately end the fast. Glycemic levels at 70 mg/dl or below are considered hypoglycemia. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are feeling of hunger, increased heart rate, fainting, anxiety, sweating etc. Hypoglycemia can be managed immediately by giving fast-acting carbohydrates to the patient. If a patient is unconscious, only give sugary fluids like honey, glucose gels or sugar syrups. Please do not give the unconscious patient any chewable or solid food item, as it can choke. But if a patient is in consciousness, you can give a patient soft candies or glucose tablets.

 

Hyperglycemia During A Fast

When the glucose levels exceed 300 mg/dl in the body, diabetic patients are advised to end their fast immediately.

Very high levels of glucose in the body are called Hyperglycemia.

To overcome Hyperglycemia, drink much water, increase urination and dilute excessive sugar in the blood.

For severe Hyperglycemia, rush towards the hospital for emergency treatment.

 

What Can Drugs Be Used To Manage Diabetes During Ramadan?

Anti diabetics are classified into various groups and prescribed by physicians according to the patient's condition. For your knowledge, let us tell you that there are some antidiabetic medicines that, in most cases are safer to use during Ramadan than other medications. These safer medicines are metformin dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors and thiazolidinediones. Sulphonylurea, Glyburide and Chlorpropamide are not safe to use during Ramadan, but if a patient's condition requires any of these medicines, they should be used with extreme caution.

Keep the most important point in your mind that do not take and stop taking any medicine prescribed by the doctor without the consultation of the physician or pharmacist. For a complete range of diabetic medicines, visit www.ehadpharmacy.pk or call 0309-3331166 for more information.

 

Tips For Diabetic Patients

Here are some easy tips for diabetic patients to take care of themselves:

  • Food is the key to managing Diabetes; eat healthy to stay healthy.
  • Massage your feet regularly.
  • Follow the medication regimen properly; take medicines on time and as prescribed by your doctor.

 

Still confused? Call our 24-hour diabetic helpline at 021-36368830 for expert advice from a diabetes educator or visit www.ehad.com.pk for more information.

 

Verdict

Hopefully, all the information explained in detail will help you manage your Diabetes or manage the Diabetes of your loved ones. Remember that health is wealth, so never compromise your health. Always ask for counseling from your doctor or pharmacist about your disease. Above all, do not ever try to self-medicate; otherwise, it can turn down your health within no time.

 

Book an appointment with Ehad Healthcare’s expert panel of doctors today by visiting www.ehad.com.pk, or call 0309-3331166 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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