Fasting, feasting and managing diabetes

Dr AK Jhingan, Consultant Diabetologist, Diabetes Education Research Foundation, New Delhi.

Festivals in India are largely associated with fasts and feasts if it’s Navratras or Ramzan followed by Id. Festivals contain rituals which involve visiting relatives and friends which involve feasts, as well as fasting. Markets are Full of other food items That Are abundant in sugar, fat and salt, along with sweets.     During this time period, not only do we discover an increase in cases of diabetes and other life design disorders, but also worsening of glucose control of people with diabetes.

Everyone over-indulges a bit on particular occasions. Individuals with diabetes too can indulge and enjoy themselves but moderation is the key to managing and pleasure diabetes. Here are five suggestions to enjoy this festival season in great health.

  1. Fasting and diabetes– Many religions exempt individuals from fasting if they are experiencing an illness. Individuals are exempt from the requirement and diagnosed with diabetes fall into this category, but they resist accepting this concession. Though some people with diabetes have completed fasts, there are many others in whom adverse consequences have been created by fasting on their health.

It’s essential for a individual with diabetes to consult with their physician. Fasting must be forbidden in people who are not pregnant or have diabetes, complications of diabetes such as angina and high blood pressure some other inter-current disease, who have undergone any operation. Even if diabetes has been controlled by a person, take guidance from the doctor and it’s a good idea for him/her to go over the full history. A Couple of points must be considered:

  • Don’t stop taking medication, no matter how the dosing and time of medication may need to alter — this should be discussed together with the diabetes healthcare team before fasting.
  • Make certain to check the glucose level regularly so medications can be adjusted as needed.
  • If a individual with diabetes experiences symptoms of low blood glucose levels like sweating, anxiety, shaking, weakness or confusion, then they should instantly break their fast with a sugary drink followed by foods rich in carbohydrates.
  • Whenever you’re allowed to eat, make sure that you have a lot of veggies, fruits pulses, beans and whole grain foods since these are pumped and assist your blood glucose to grow more slowly too. Remember to drink loads of fluids. Be sure that any beverages you have are low calorie and sugar free.
  • Keep your daily action and don’t over-eat following the fast is broken and minimise eating fatty or sweet foods
  1. Feasting and diabetes– Moderation is the secret to appreciating life.
  • It’s possible to make minor changes to recipes for tasty but “not so healthy” dishes, by altering the manner of cooking to make them healthier without compromising on the taste. For instance instead of frying cutlets you can enjoy grilled cutlets.
  • Consult with your doctor ahead and learn about the food market system. This usually means that you could have sweets in your diet instead of your food. For instance, one piece of barfi instead of your evening tea and biscuits.
  • Although most candies are abundant in both sugar and fat as they are fried, there are just a few sweets which are fitter than their counterparts. Sandesh, Rasmallai and Rasgullas come within this category.
  • It’s imperative to organize meals especially if you going to attend a feast. Take your snacks at timings but use fat or oil. When you begin to fill your plate, then start with the salads. Control your portion size. Second helpings just because family members and your friends would like you to eat more.
  1. Exercise in festival season– it’s suggested for everyone, including people with diabetes, to continue their regular daily activity in each season
  • Several studies indicate that mild to moderate regular exercise during fasting is harmless.
  • If festivity contains a lot of action like shopping, playing garba and dandiya, then do consider snacks at regular periods for preventing hypo. Monitor your blood sugar.
  1. Drink wisely- it’s always fantastic to drink loads of water and non-sugary beverages throughout the day to keep you well-hydrated. Additionally, this helps your blood glucose levels.
  • If you are in a festive mood and wish to consume alcohol, (even though it is not recommended & better averted) remember guys should drink no more than 3 units a day and women should drink no more than 2 units daily.1 unit of alcohol might be half a pint of ordinary strength beer (4%), one 25ml measure of spirits or a 125ml glass of wine (9%).
  • Always take your drink along with your meal.
  1. Medicine and Monitoring is essential– Monitor your blood glucose more frequently to observe how well you’ve done and take action if necessary. Never skip your medication. If you believe time and the dose of your medication need to change, discuss with your doctor. If you’re on insulin, you can learn in accordance with your meal.

Bear in mind, festivals can be appreciated only when you’re in great health.

Don’t be shellfish…

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