This article looks at religious fasting and its impact on the management of diabetes during periods of abstinence and fasting. There are other reasons than religion for abstinence and fasting, one of the commonest being weight loss and we will look at these another time. Two major religions, Islam and Christianity (many other religions also have fast periods), have periods of fasting around this time of year so, we will have a look at their fasting practices and then some of the general issues around diabetes and fasting. Many of you will have fasted before, so this article may be nothing more than a reminder, for those of you who have not, we hope it provides some helpful tips for staying safe and well during your fast.
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