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Fasting during Ramadan

Posted on: 7 April 2020

Local doctors are asking people to plan ahead to stay healthy this Ramadan especially those with long terms conditions such as diabetes.

This year, Ramadan, the month where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset each day, will start on or around Thursday 23 April (depending on the sighting of the new moon).

Those with long term conditions such as diabetes are exempt from fasting but some still choose to fast. If you have diabetes and are taking regular medication but are planning to fast, continue to take your medicine as prescribed until you've spoken to your GP about how to fast safely.

Some patients with diabetes will be at high risk due to the hot weather and long fasting period. Please ask for medical advice before fasting.

It is also really important that you attend all medical appointments during Ramadan. If you feel you are unable to attend your appointment, you should call your GP or hospital to reschedule the appointment as soon as possible after Ramadan ends. If you feel unwell and need to see a doctor book an appointment with your GP or call NHS 111, who can offer you a telephone consultation or book an urgent appointment for you. 

Please download our helpful 'tips for fasting with diabetes leaflet' which advises on what foods to eat and avoid during Ramadan and how to monitor your blood glucose levels.

Ramadan is also a perfect opportunity to quit smoking. It might seem daunting, but the NHS is here to help. Speak to your local GP or pharmacist, or visit for advice and support.