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Fasting risk in Muslim diabetics

Dr Yohannes Bahru has urged GPs to ensure Muslims with type 2 diabetes protect their health during Ramadan. Under Islamic law people with diabetes or any other illness do not have to fast during Ramadan, which began on October 26. But many still do, putting them at risk of hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia and other complications.

Dr Bahru, a GP in Orpington, Kent, who has written a patient advice leaflet, said GPs should urge patients not to skip meals, avoid overeating and take medication as prescribed.

The patient leaflet can be downloaded free from

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