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Diabetics must consult doctors before observing 'roza', advises diabetologist

City-based renowned diabetologist on Friday advised diabetic patients from the Muslim community to keep fast (roza) during the holy month of Ramzan only after consulting their respective doctors to avoid any complications. Dr Deepak Bhosale, who is head of Deogiri Diabetes Center, addressing a press conference here said that according to study over 116 million out of 148 million Muslims with diabetes across the world may keep fast during Ramzan.

Of them, up to 79 per cent of Muslims with diabetes fast for at least 15 consecutive days, he said. When a diabetic decides to fast, potential health hazards such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, dehydration and acute metabolic complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis can emerge, he said.

Therefore, it is very important to maintain good diabetes management during fasting, he said and advised that during the fasting and post -Ramzan follow-up meeting with healthcare professionals should be scheduled to discuss medication and regimen re-adjustments and asses how the patient can handle the fasting. A patient should be made aware of the risks of overindulgence at the time of Eid-ul-Fitr celebration, he pointed. Dr Bhosale advised the diabetes patients to check their blood glucose levels regularly and adjust medication dose as recommended by their healthcare professionals. Sedentary lifestyle, junk food, stress and lack of regular exercise are the factors responsible for diabetes, he added.

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