Physiology of Ramadan Fasting

Document Type : Review Article


Department of Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.


Considering the emphasis of Islam on the importance of fasting, Muslims attempt to fast from dawn until sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting is associated with several benefits for normal and healthy individuals. However, it could pose high risks to the health of diabetic patients due to certain physiological changes. This study aimed to compare the physiological changes associated with fasting in healthy individuals and diabetic patients during Ramadan. Furthermore, we reviewed the domestic articles published in this regard.


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