A bowl of healthy fruit salad
This week marks the start of Ramadan, a month in which Muslims fast and reflect upon teachings in the Qur?an.
Whilst fasting is obligatory for most Muslims, people with conditions that could be complicated by fasting, such as diabetes treated with medication, are exempted from carrying out the full fast.
Diabetes and Ramadan
If you are on diabetes medication and are taking part in fasting, either during the full daylight hours or part of the day, it is important to be aware of symptoms of high and low blood glucose levels and it is advisable to have access to blood glucose testing supplies before, during and after any periods of fasting.
High and low blood glucose levels
Fasting can also be adopted as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle outside of religious calendar days.
Intermittent fasting, a process in which people dedicate 2 days per week towards fasting, has been shown to have beneficial effects on metabolism which can be on a par with bariatric surgery.
Intermittent fasting and type 2 diabetes
Newly diagnosed with type 1?
If you?ve been recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you may be struggling to come to terms with your condition or wondering how you?re going to cope with it.
To help you make sense of it all, take a look at the guide on being newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Ketone testing is important for those of us that make very little of our own insulin, notably people with type 1 diabetes, as it can warn us if we are at heightened risk of diabetic ketoacidosis.
With temperatures soaring, now is a good time to remind yourself of the importance of staying hydrated.
Hot weather combined with high blood sugar levels raises the risk of dehydration, which if left untreated, can lead to serious complications.
Drinks and diabetes
As well as watching what we eat, those of us with diabetes must also be careful about what we drink.
Drink choices should take into account whether the beverage will affect blood sugar levels, and if so, by how much, as well as the number of calories it contains.