April 30, 2020
Fasting (Sawn or Roza) during the holy month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and commemorates the time when the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Muhhammad (PBUH). The month-long (29-30 day) fast is obligatory for all healthy Muslims who have reached puberty. Followers must refrain from eating and drinking between dawn and sunset, and must abstain from using oral medications, sexual activity and smoking.
Fasting is mandatory for all Muslim adults, with certain groups exempt, including some people with chronic conditions like diabetes. Despite potentially being exempt, many people with diabetes choose to fast.
With Ramadan currently being observed around the world, we asked people with diabetes from different countries to share their story of how Ramadan impacts their daily lives and management of their condition.