Diabetics urged to visit clinics
Abu Dhabi, July 15, 2013
The Medical Services Department of the Abu Dhabi Police has advised diabetics to visit diabetes clinics to be educated about directives that they should follow during the month of Ramadan.
This is a part of the Salamatak (Your Safety) campaign implemented by Security Media Department of the General Secretariat of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior.
The department will provide its services to the Ministry of Interior staff and their families during the month of Ramadan from 8 am to 12 am (midnight), said a statement.
Dr Mustafa Al Badawi, internal medicine specialist in the Specialized Clinics Complex at Abu Dhabi Police, said visiting specialists who treat diabetes patients and adhering to directives on how to manage this disease during fasting, can prevent patients from facing extreme increases or decreases of sugar levels in the blood.
“A dietary regime should be healthy and balanced; it should be characterised by having foods such as wheat, semolina and pulses in the Suhoor meal prior to starting the fast, because such foods release sugar slowly leading to the blood sugar stability, thus reducing appetite for food during the fast,” he said.
He urged people to maintain normal physical activity during fasting as much as possible, and to avoid rigorous exercises especially prior to Iftar when the levels of sugar in the blood are low.
He stressed the importance of delaying the Suhoor meal for diabetics, and to measure blood sugar levels half an hour prior to beginning the fast in order to have foods rich in sugar in case the blood sugar level is low, and to avoid having such foods in case it is high. - TradeArabia News Service