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RMJ. 2021; 46(2): 314-317

Is fasting during Ramadan challenging for diabetics?

Tahira Bashir, Saira Javed, Shoaib Kiani, Shahzad Khan Siddique, Muhammad Usman Bashir.


Objective: To assess the fasting challenges for diabetic patients in Ramadan.
Methodology: Sample consisted of 20 diabetics who used to fast during Ramadan from Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan. We used purposive sampling and included age range 18 to 50 years in months from May to September 2019 (including month of Ramadan). Qualitative interviews were carried out. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 23.
Results: The current qualitative research demonstrates themes, subthemes and frequencies extracted from the write out interviews of patients with diabetes.
Conclusion: Majority of Pakistani with diabetic issues prefer to observe fast during Ramadan. However, people are cautious and aware of consequences of observing fast in this condition.

Key words: Fasting, diabetes, anti-diabetic agents.

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