Ramadan - Tips for Diabetics
Ramadan - Tips for Diabetics: #1
It is essential to monitor blood glucose levels several times throughout the day, every day. This is especially critical in people who are taking insulin.
Ramadan - Tips for Diabetics: #2
Specific attention should be paid to people’s overall well-being and to the control of their blood glucose levels and blood pressure. Ideally assessment should be done several days/few weeks before the fast begins.
Ramadan - Tips for Diabetics: #3
Heart attacks and heart failure are major complications of diabetes. It is very important for antidiabetic drugs to be 'heart friendly'. We were part of the recently concluded large multinational trial TECOS which showed that Sitagliptin (JANUVIA) is safe for the heart.
Ramadan - Tips for Diabetics: #4
Use of statins to prevent heart attacks in diabetics is highly recommended. Do not be afraid of side effects- discuss with your doctor.
Ramadan - Tips for Diabetics: #5
While the usual target for sugar control is an HbA1c of 7%, a value of 7.5% may be acceptable for the elderly, those with long standing diabetes or complications like kidney or heart disease