Ramadan Fasting and Thyroid Function

Document Type : Letter to the Editor


1 Surgical Technologist, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran.

2 General Surgery Specialist Medical School Kashan University of Medical Science Kashan I R IRAN

3 Lecturer of Education Office, Esfahan, Iran


Fasting is one of Islamic Five Pillars and it is an Islamic obligations. Even though fasting during Ramadan month is an obligatory, if this obligatory has dangerous effects on the human health, it is forbidden. In On the other hand, atypical levels of thyroid hormones can create serious problems for human body and normal range of these hormones is indicative of good thyroid function. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of fasting during Ramadan on the thyroid hormones levels. With regards to studied results, it can be stated that fasting in Ramadan has not undesirable effects on thyroid hormones, but for people with thyroid diseases like hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, who are intending to fast during Ramadan, it was recommended that before and during fasting, they consult with endocrinologist.It should be noted that this matter needs to have multiple researches, thus, it was recommended to conduct more study, in order to obtain the comprehensive outcomes.


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