Diabetes patients advised 30-minute exercise during fast

 14 Jun 2016 - 1:48

Diabetes patients  advised 30-minute  exercise during fast


Doha: Diabetes patients should aim to do at least 30 minutes of physical exercise a day during Ramadan, said Professor Abdul-Badi Abou-Samra, Chairman of Medicine, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and Director, Qatar Metabolic Institute.
However, he said diabetics should take care to avoid exerting too much physical effort during the fast, particularly the two hours before Iftar. “Ideally, extensive physical activity should take place after Iftar or before Suhoor, not during fasting,” he said. Patients should also ensure that they have enough sleep at night.
“They should avoid long exposure to sunlight and intense heat. Fluid intake, especially water, is essential before and during exercise to offset fluids lost by sweating and prevent dehydration which may cause kidney injury.
“To prevent hypoglycaemia during exercise, it is important to ensure that the blood glucose level before exercise is not less than 100mg/dl.
“No exercise should take place if the blood glucose level is too high (300mg/dl) as high sugar causes excessive loss of water in urine which leads to dehydration. It is also important to check blood glucose levels after exercise to avoid hypoglycaemia,” he stressed.
Prof. Abou-Samra said patients are advised to follow a daily physical activity programme of moderate level exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, such as walking, swimming, cycling or similar activities. “Overweight patients are encouraged to increase it to one hour a day.”
Diabetics planning to perform Umrah during Ramadan should undertake measures to prevent any adverse effects on their health.
“They should check with their physician before undertaking Umrah. Once given the all-clear, they should obtain any necessary vaccinations and ensure that they have sufficient quantities of medicine and a blood sugar monitoring device. Other measures include: Avoid prolonged exposure to sun and try to perform Umrah at night; drink enough liquids to offset continually moving during Umrah; perform Umrah with a companion who is aware of your medical condition; have medications readily available in case of hypoglycaemia; and cease any activity and check with a doctor if you feel lethargic.

The Peninsula