Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic calendar is a holy month of intense spiritual obligation observed by Muslims worldwide entailing fasting from sunrise to sunset, self-control, self-reflection, repentance and serving the deserving community. Healthcare experts suggest although fasting may usually improve one’s health, it may have an adverse impact incase an appropriate lifestyle or diet are not followed. Common health issues associated with fasting include:


Common digestive system disorders reported during Ramadan include constipation, stomach discomforts including stomach aches or bloating, diarrhea, acid reflux, heartburn among others that usually results due to unhealthy diet, overeating after long periods of fasting or eating a large quantity of fatty, sugary, oily or spicy foods.


Long hours of fasting with limited water intake, eating large quantity of salty, sweet or spicy foods as well as increased caffeine intake may cause risk of dehydration leading to fatigue or nausea, dry mouth, dry and wrinkled skin, lack of concentration, oversleeping, difficulty urinating, constipation, or cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).


Headaches are very common during fasting cycles resulting from dehydration, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels), caffeine withdrawal, shifts in sleep cycle, or sleepdeprivation.


Weight management during Ramadan varies between individuals and depends on the nutritious or energy intakes during the non-fasting period being under compensated or over compensated for the lack of nutrition during the fasting hours.


Fasting during Ramadan for people with diabetes brings substantial challenges. However, despite these challenges many with diabetes insist on fasting. The main risks reported from fasting with diabetes are managing blood sugar levels including hypoglycemia, a condition where blood sugar (glucose) level is lower than the standard range or hyperglycemia, a condition where the level of blood sugar is too high.

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During the phase of consistent fasting, our intake of a nutrient-rich diet decreases and happens to impact one of the most sensitive organs of our body – the eyes to become highly vulnerable towards diseases, infections, or allergens. Certain fluids of our body, including components of the eyes tear protein gets altered during the fasting period, resulting in the depletion of moist layer and causing dry eyes


Hashmanis diagnostic experts advise pre-Ramadan health examination is crucial for safe fasting. Having regular medical assessments and diagnostic tests including blood sugar (glucose), lipid  profile, random blood sugar (RBS), fasting blood sugar (FBS) are crucial to maintain and monitor good health especially those fasting with chronic diseases such as diabetes or cholesterol problems. Routine diagnostic tests available at Hashmanis laboratory can help with early diagnosis or risks towards potential chronic diseases as well as managing any vitamin deficiencies or other aspects that may impact one’s overall health and wellbeing. Our wide-ranges of tests, diagnostic solutions and expert guidelines always aim to help support healthy living.


Additionally, our diagnostic experts recommend drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated, add water-based fruits and vegetables, and avoid excessive deep fried and processed foods that are high in fat or sugar as well as caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee or fizzy drinks in order gain a healthier diet and perform your daily chores and duties with positive energy and focus during Ramadan. Making the right diet and lifestyle choices this Ramadan can help us stay healthy, active and energetic. To learn more about keeping healthy during Ramadan, give us a call at 021-114-2273 or WhatsApp at 0330-295-0735 . or 0335-357-0849. Hashmanis Laboratory is always here for you to offer the diagnostic care and support that you truly need and deserve.

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