Scholarship, Diabetes Scholarship, Diabetes Scholarships, DHF Scholarship, Scholarships Canada, Canadian Diabetes Scholarships

DIABETES HOPE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

This program highlights the personal triumphs of young adults who face the many responsibilities associated with diabetes management significantly enriching their lives through community and extra-curricular activities and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

LEARN MORE2024 Scholarship Recipients

Hope connects, Peer Mentorship Program, Diabetes Mentorship Program, Diabetes Support Program, Diabetes Mentorship, Diabetes Mentor

HOPE CONNECTS PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

Recognizing the impact T1D has on students’ mental health and well-being, DHF created the Hope Connects Program to support students as they balance their T1D during their transition to post-secondary school.

VIEW PROGRAMSAPPLY FOR A MENTOR

PEP Talks Program, Diabetes Caregiver Program, Caregiver Program

CAREGIVER PROGRAM

PEP TALKS: Parents Empowering Parents workshops give parents and caregivers of adolescents with T1D the opportunity to find a community of voices to collaborate with as they prepare for their child’s transition to post-secondary education and from pediatric to adult diabetes care.

LEARN MORE

Transition Guide, Diabetes Transition

TRANSITION GUIDE

DHF’s Transition Guide features a searchable database for students with T1D to find their closest on and off campus diabetes supports, accommodations and more. Make more informed choices about where to go next year based on the resources available at college and university campuses across the country.

LEARN MOREACCESS THE GUIDE

Student Transition Planner

STUDENT TRANSITION PLANNER

Are you a Canadian student with Type 1 Diabetes transitioning to university or college? Access information and tools to help you access accommodations, self-advocate, tell others about your T1D, and get tips on navigating campus life!

GET THE PLANNER
transition webinars

TRANSITION WEBINARS

The specialized resources compiled from our webinar series focus on mental health, transition, exercise, nutrition and more. With such a broad range of resources available, they are an invaluable tool for anyone seeking to improve their overall health and wellness through transition and beyond.

VIEW WEBINARS
resource hub, transition resources

RESOURCE HUB

Diabetes Hope Foundation has compiled a variety of important and helpful tools and resources for youth, their families and caregivers, and diabetes educators to support a healthy and successful transition to post-secondary. Our Hub contains many links and downloadable resources – all free to use!

VISIT THE HUB
blog, diabetes blog, type 1 diabetes blog

Type 1 Diabetes and Ramadan Fasting

Mar 4, 2024 | Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes and Ramadan Fasting

Ramadan is right around the corner and it’s my favourite month of the year because I get to spend extra time with my family! An important spiritual practice during Ramadan is fasting from dawn until sunset without any food or water.

People always ask if everyone has to fast and the short answer is no. I have been Type 1 diabetic for 20 years and I participate through a financial contribution so someone in need can be fed during the 30 days of Ramadan.

The Quran states that fasting is not required if it puts your health at risk. This applies to children, pregnant women and elderly folk as well. The three main risks of fasting with type 1 diabetes include having high glucose (Hyperglycemia), low glucose (Hypoglycemia) and becoming dehydrated, which may be prevented by preparing in advance.

5 Tips for fasting with diabetes in Ramadan:

Many people with diabetes can fast and I have tons of dia-buddies who do every year. Here are a few helpful tips for fasting safely through Ramadan:

  1. Plan Ahead: Consult your healthcare provider a few months prior to Ramadan to assess if fasting is safe for you. Develop a personalized management plan tailored to your diabetes needs. 1
  2. Start and break your fast (Iftar) safely: Opt for high-fiber, low-glycemic index foods like whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables during your pre and post fast meals to manage blood sugar levels effectively and slow down on those sweet (yet delicious) dates! Once your fast is over, eat balanced meals at regular times. Drink 2 L of water between sundown and sunrise.2
  3. Monitor Blood Sugar Levels: Regularly test your blood sugar, especially if you use insulin. This helps catch any fluctuations early and reduces the risk of hypoglycemia during fasting. Checking your blood sugars or using a constant glucose monitor throughout the day won’t break your fast. 3
  4. Adjust Medications and Timing: Work with your healthcare team to adjust your diabetes medications, including insulin dosage and timing, to accommodate fasting hours safely. 4
  5. Follow Up Post-Ramadan: Schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider after Ramadan to address any concerns. This ensures your diabetes management remains on track and minimizes potential complications. 5
My personal goal this month is to help around the house more since everyone will be fasting during the day. I am looking forward to ending Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr and I will circling back with an update on the festivities!

Ramadan Mubarak!

“The greatest iftar is to break the fast of apathy, with the feast of affection” ~ Abhijit Naskar

9 Tips for breaking the fast on Eid:

Breaking the fast, especially during Ramadan, is a significant moment for individuals with type 1 diabetes. Here are some best practices specifically for breaking the fast during Ramadan or any fasting period:

  1. Monitor Blood Sugar Levels: Check your blood sugar levels before breaking your fast. This will help you determine whether your blood sugar is within a safe range or if you need to take action to bring it to a safe level before eating.
  2. Choose Nutrient-Dense Foods: Opt for foods that are nutrient-dense and provide a good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. This can help prevent rapid spikes in blood sugar levels after breaking the fast. Examples include whole grains, lean proteins, vegetables, and healthy fats like avocados or nuts.
  3. Start with Water and Dates: Traditionally, many Muslims break their fast with dates and water. Dates provide a quick source of natural sugars to raise blood sugar levels, while water helps with hydration. This can be followed by a balanced meal.
  4. Control Portion Sizes: Be mindful of portion sizes when breaking your fast. Eating too much too quickly can cause blood sugar levels to spike. Start with smaller portions and eat slowly, giving your body time to process the food.
  5. Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks: While it may be tempting to indulge in sweets and sugary drinks after fasting, these can cause rapid fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Opt for healthier alternatives and limit your intake of sugary foods and beverages.
  6. Space Out Meals and Snacks: If possible, try to space out your meals and snacks throughout the evening and night to prevent large fluctuations in blood sugar levels. This can help keep your blood sugar levels more stable.
  7. Stay Active: Engage in light physical activity after breaking your fast, such as taking a short walk. This can help improve insulin sensitivity and aid in digestion, which may help regulate blood sugar levels.
  8. Consult with a Healthcare Provider: If you’re unsure about how fasting will affect your diabetes management or if you have any concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before Ramadan begins. They can provide personalized guidance and advice based on your individual health needs.
  9. Listen to Your Body: Pay attention to how your body responds to fasting and breaking the fast. If you experience symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), take appropriate action and seek medical attention if necessary.

By following these best practices, individuals with type 1 diabetes can effectively manage their condition while participating in fasting during Ramadan or other religious observances. It’s essential to prioritize health and safety while honoring religious traditions.

Helpful Resources

General information about Ramadan 2024: https://www.islamicreliefcanada.org/our-work/ramadan
Statement for People With Diabetes Who Fast During Ramadan: View here >
 


Sources:

1, 4, 5  “Fasting at Ramadan and Diabetes: Summary”, Diabetes Canada, Retrieved 7 March 2024. <https://www.diabetes.ca/advocacy—policies/our-policy-positions/fasting-at-ramadan-and-diabetes–summary>

2 “How to Observe Ramadan Safely With Type 1 Diabetes”, Type 1 BETTER, Retrieved 7 March 2024. <https://type1better.com/en/how-to-observe-ramadan-safely-with-type-1-diabetes/>

3 “Diabetes among Muslims during Ramadan: A narrative review”, NIH, Retrieved 07 March 2024. <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10507567/>


Amal Bashir, About Us

About the Author

My name is Amal Bashir and I’ve been living with Type 1 Diabetes since I was 8 years old and received a Diabetes Hope Scholarship in 2013. I’ve been working in the tech industry since 2018 and I have been a visual artist for most of my life. I have a big personality and an even bigger heart!

0 Comments

Follow Us

Diabetes Transition, Transition Resources, Diabetes Resources

Stay Connected!

Join our mailing list to receive occasional newsletters with the latest news and updates about our programs, resources & upcoming events!

Categories

Recent Posts

From Fear to Empowerment: My Transition to Independence with T1D

From Fear to Empowerment: My Transition to Independence with T1D

From Fear to Empowerment: My Transition to Independence with T1D One of the biggest challenges I think I’ve ever overcome is my fear of needles. I was diagnosed with type one diabetes in October of 2015, when I was 12 years old. I experienced symptoms for around 4...

Gluten-Free and T1D: My Celiac Journey

Gluten-Free and T1D: My Celiac Journey

Gluten-Free and T1D: My Celiac Journey Living with Celiac disease: my diagnosis May is Celiac Awareness Month and I want to take this opportunity to give you a glimpse into what life is like for someone living with celiac disease – needing to go gluten-free – when...

Type 1 Diabetes and Holi: Management Strategies

Type 1 Diabetes and Holi: Management Strategies

What is Holi? Holi, known as the festival of colors, is one of the most vibrant and joyous celebrations in Hindu culture. It marks the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. During this lively festival, people gather in streets and open spaces to partake...

5 Type 1 Diabetes Travel Tips

5 Type 1 Diabetes Travel Tips

Type 1 Diabetes Travel Tips: Managing T1D on its own is a full-time job, but travelling with it is a whole other ballgame – especially if you are travelling on your own or with friends over reading week.

AMDF Program Partnership with DHF

AMDF Program Partnership with DHF

New Program Partnership Aubrey & Marla Dan Foundation announces an exciting new 3-year partnership with Diabetes Hope Foundation which will impact 500 students between 2023 and 2026. Learn more about these programs here >