Can Type 1 Diabetes Patients Safely Fast during Ramadan?

Document Type : Short Communication


Consultant Endocrinologist and Director, Dubai Diabetes Center, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai, UAE


The issue whether people with Type 1 Diabetes can safely fast during Ramadan has been the subject of quite a few debates over the years. Had it been a simple "yes" or "no" issue, there would have been no reason to debate. However, like a lot of other topics in medical management, this particular subject overlaps both the science and the art of medicine.


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