Ramadan health

Managing your body during Ramadan

Fasting in Ramadan has a number of health benefits if done properly. But fasting in this sweltering heat can have a negative impact if you do not take the necessary precautions, and this can lead to constipation, heart burns, dehydration, irritability or lack of concentration.

What are some of the benefits of fasting?

  • It promotes weight loss
  • It helps remove toxins from the body
  • It lowers LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
  • It plays a major role in stabilizing insulin sensitivity
  • It provides a better control on blood pressure and diabetes
  • It leads to a state of increased mental well-being

What are the bodily changes that occur during fasting?

In the normal state glucose is the main source of energy which is stored in muscles and liver. During fasting, glucose is used first followed by fats once the glucose runs out.

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Cervical Pain

Cervical pain and its Symptoms

The Cervical spine not only protects the delicate spinal cord but also provides flexibility, allowing the neck to move in all directions while balancing the weight of our head. This flexibility comes at a cost of increased vulnerability to strains in the cervical spine. Poor posture and a lack of exercise cause cervical pain in the neck muscles and tightens and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness.

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The effect of Ramadan on Cardiac Patients

Ramadan is an ideal platform to target year long lifestyle modification, to ensure that whatever health care benefits have been gained during this month, are perpetuated.

Patients with stable Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) can observe fasting during Ramadan without anticipating any major adverse cardiac events while those with unstable disease or recent/pending revascularization should largely refrain from fasting. Previous studies have shown that neither has there been an increase in the incidences of acute myocardial infarction nor has there been an increase in the number of patients hospitalized due to heart failure, during Ramadan.

A fairly small group of patients with cardiac conditions should be advised to refrain from fasting during Ramadan. These include patients with acute cardiac illnesses like Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Patients with uncontrolled HTN requiring multiple dosages during the daytime should be counseled against fasting. Patients with severe congestive heart failure (CHF) requiring high doses of diuretics should also refrain from fasting.

Patients are encouraged to seek medical advice 1 or 2 months before Ramadan in order to adjust their medications if needed. Drugs given thrice daily can be usually changed to single sustained doses.

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Endometriosis – a silent sickness

Women often experience pelvic pain while menstruating and heavy flow during menstruation. Most times women often disregard the pain believing it to be the usual period pain which will get better after those 5 days. This is one of the most common myths associated with Endometriosis. Pelvic pain during menstruation is one of the most common symptoms of Endometriosis often considered period pain. Women believe that sever pain during periods is normal and is caused because they have a low threshold for pain. Periods are not always meant to be painful and endometriosis is much more than period pain. A lot of women experience sever pelvic pain even before and after their periods.

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Health Concerns during Ramadan – Diabetes

  1. Can I fast during Ramadan if I have diabetes?

People with diabetes and chronic problems are exempted from fasting. However, diabetic patients can fast and often it is not harmful. However, each person is different and fasting can have a significant impact on a person’s health. A person’s ability to fast depends on how controlled his/her diabetes is, the medications being taken and food habits.

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