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Auto-phagy (Fasting) and Diabetes

Fasting the second pillar of has undeniable physical and spiritual impact on human being. Scientifically is described as Auto-phagy meaning a process of starving your to allow cells to RECYCLE their contents so that our cells clears the toxins from our body. This process (fasting) can diseases like Parkinson, Alzheimer, diabetes and even cancer!

Fasting tends to reduce and Insulin levels and burn Fats deposition BUT its “highly individualized” thus requires proper guidance one or two months before the month of Ramazan Mubarak commence.

A diabetes care team would assess generalized wellbeing, control particularly the risk factor of hypo glycemia (low sugars), other comorbid particularly cardiac and kidney functions.


After detail assessment, person with diabetes needs to be educated about the symptoms of hypoglycemia glycemia (low sugars) and hyperglycemia glycemia (high sugars). He should know when it’s necessary to break the fast, when to check levels and what are my target levels?


Remember pricking during for checking will NOT break the fast. For prevention of hypoglycemia , skipping sehri is NOT allowed and it must be taken as late as its allowed in while Iftar must be taken as early as its allowed in Islam.
Any kind of vigorous exercise or activity during is not allowed. Regular light to moderate intensity walk after iftar is encouraging and traweh is included in exercise plan. It could be vast change in drugs or Insulin regime, their timings and dosage so its highly recommended that before Ramazan you must visit your diabetes care team.
Always remember this rule of thumb for of Ramazan that simple (less sweetened sherbet) and low-fat (less fried items) in Iftar is recommended contrary to complex carbohydrate (Oats, bran chappati) and relatively moderate (Paratha) in Sehari for optimal glycemic control.

Generally, less salty and spicy food, low and high fiber with recommended balanced amount of protein and carbs is advisable. Baked or grilled items are better options than deep fried snacks. Fresh in Iftar and fresh salad (Fiber) must be incorporated in dinner. At least 10 to 15 glasses of water are recommended in hot summers while sugary and caffeinated drinks must be avoided. Smoothies, shakes and lassi without sugar are healthy options for beverages in sehri and iftar. Lastly don’t forget to contact your diabetes health care team before Ramazan for a healthy blessed in Ramazan.

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