Health sufferers must consult a doctor about fasting

"Patients suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity "have huge risk factors when it comes to fasting."

By Jasmine Al Kuttab

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Published: Sun 22 May 2016, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sun 22 May 2016, 9:30 AM

Experts warn those who are already suffering from serious health conditions, such as cardiovascular, liver, or gastric issues, as well as those with diabetes and high cholesterol, to first consult a doctor on whether or not fasting is right for them.
Dr Fatemeh Nabavizadeh, Specialist Cardiovascular Disease at Burjeel Medical Centre, said the most crucial health aspect during Ramadan, is making sure the heart is well looked after.
"Patients suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol and obesity "have huge risk factors when it comes to fasting," she said.
However, Dr Nabavizadeh pointed out that having health issues does not always mean that one should cross out fasting all at once.
"Fasting can sometimes be good for those who have heart disease, because it can help control their cholesterol and blood sugar. It is also a bonus for the smokers out there - because smoking is forbidden during fasting."
On the other hand, if those suffering from heart issues fast incorrectly, it can cause an immense burden, pressure and consequences on the patient.
"Binge-eating from Iftar to Suhur will cause the blood circulation to move towards the gastro-intestinal-tract and that itself is extremely dangerous, because it will cause a lack of circulation in the heart."
"Binge eating could even lead to a heart attack," she added.
"Breaking fast with small, healthy, nutritious meals, while remembering to take adequate breaks between each meal, and drink plenty of water."
She also highlighted that many diabetics are able to fast, but must first plan out their eating and medication timings with their doctor.
jasmine@khaleejtimes.com



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