Diabetes Management During Times of Religious Fasting / Ramadan

Zoobia Chaudhry, M.D.


  • Fasting is considered one of the five pillars of Islam.
  • Fasting includes abstaining from eating and drinking from dawn to sunset for 29-30 days in the ninth month of Islamic calendar.
  • Observing Ramadan is considered obligatory for Muslims with some exceptions (i.e. serious illness or traveling).
  • It is part of the Ramadan tradition that the family wakes up before dawn to have a meal. Overindulgence in food rich in carbohydrates and saturated fat (depending on the local culture) at breaking of the fast is common.
  • In the month of Ramadan, Muslims also increase the amount of nightly prayers, charity and recitation of Quran (holy book of Muslims). Fasting and additional worship is considered a means for spiritual revival.
  • Some Muslims may choose to fast additional days throughout the year.

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Last updated: February 8, 2022