The holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a time when many people across the world fast during daylight hours for 29-30 days. As a spiritual practice, people take part in Ramadan by fasting during daylight hours, eating one meal – ‘Suhoor’ just before dawn and another- the ‘Iftar’ after sunset. The end of Ramadan is marked by ‘Eid-al-Fitr’, the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast. Continue reading “Healthy Eating during Ramadan”
Diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood.
Ideally, in case of diabetes fasting is not allowed. However during Ramadan, if you really like to keep fast, following guidelines will help you.
Lower risk – Healthy individual with hba1c lower range than 7.0% and treated with oral medications. May choose to fast but observe the body changes.
Moderate risk – Healthy individual with hba1c lower range at 8.0% and treated with oral medications. May choose to fast but always take precautions. Continue reading “Ramadan and Diabetes Management”
Smoking is currently on the rise in the UAE and the Middle East. The World Conference on Tobacco revealed that the growing popularity of sheesha is a leading factor causing an increase in the number of smokers.
Prevalence of tobacco use including smoking cigarettes, cigars, water pipe (sheesha) and even Medwakh is high in the region. The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) conducted a survey in 2011 to assess the risk of smoking in the country. The results revealed that 19.2% of men and 3.5% of women smoked cigarettes. 1 As per the WHO, 6 million people die every year because of tobacco usage, which accounts to 1 person in every six seconds.2