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Fasting of Ramadan in peoples with diabetes in Benghazi, Libya: an exploratory study.

Elmehdawi RR, Mukhtad NA, Allaghi NI, Elmajberi SJ - Libyan J Med (2010)

Bottom Line: We found 70% of diabetic patients completed the 30 days of Ramadan fasting.It seems majority of diabetic patients in Libya manage to fast during Ramadan month.Patient education and early planned adjustment of diabetic medication is needed to decrease the frequency of diabetic complication during Ramadan month.

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Affiliation: Medical Department, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, Libya.

ABSTRACT

Background: The epidemiology of diabetes and Ramadan fasting was reported from many Muslim countries, but not from Libya.

Methodology: We interviewed 493 consecutive diabetic patients at Benghazi Diabetes and Endocrine Center for the potential complications of fasting during Ramadan.

Results: We found 70% of diabetic patients completed the 30 days of Ramadan fasting. Hypo- and hyperglycemia was the most commonly reported complications especially during the first two weeks of Ramadan month.

Conclusion: It seems majority of diabetic patients in Libya manage to fast during Ramadan month. Patient education and early planned adjustment of diabetic medication is needed to decrease the frequency of diabetic complication during Ramadan month.

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Time trend of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia during Ramadan.
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Figure 0002: Time trend of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia during Ramadan.

Mentions: The incidence of hypoglycemia during Ramadan was 31 episodes/100 patients, while the incidence of severe hyperglycemia was 17 episodes/100 patients (Table 4). About 74% of hypoglycemic episodes and 79% of hyperglycemic episodes occurred during the first two weeks of Ramadan (Fig. 2), and about 90% of all hypo- and hyperglycemic episodes occurred during the daytime. Females had a significantly higher frequency of severe hypoglycemic episodes (4.9% vs. 1.6%, p=0.04) and a lower mean number of fasting days than males (27.8±5.9 vs. 29.24±2.6, p=0.001). Patients who experienced severe hyperglycemia had a significantly higher baseline HbA1c than other patients (8.4±1.1% vs. 7.6±1.6%, p=0.02). They also had a significantly lower mean number of fasting days (26.9±5.7% vs. 29±4, p=0.001).


Fasting of Ramadan in peoples with diabetes in Benghazi, Libya: an exploratory study.

Elmehdawi RR, Mukhtad NA, Allaghi NI, Elmajberi SJ - Libyan J Med (2010)

Time trend of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia during Ramadan.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3066764&req=5

Figure 0002: Time trend of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia during Ramadan.
Mentions: The incidence of hypoglycemia during Ramadan was 31 episodes/100 patients, while the incidence of severe hyperglycemia was 17 episodes/100 patients (Table 4). About 74% of hypoglycemic episodes and 79% of hyperglycemic episodes occurred during the first two weeks of Ramadan (Fig. 2), and about 90% of all hypo- and hyperglycemic episodes occurred during the daytime. Females had a significantly higher frequency of severe hypoglycemic episodes (4.9% vs. 1.6%, p=0.04) and a lower mean number of fasting days than males (27.8±5.9 vs. 29.24±2.6, p=0.001). Patients who experienced severe hyperglycemia had a significantly higher baseline HbA1c than other patients (8.4±1.1% vs. 7.6±1.6%, p=0.02). They also had a significantly lower mean number of fasting days (26.9±5.7% vs. 29±4, p=0.001).

Bottom Line: We found 70% of diabetic patients completed the 30 days of Ramadan fasting.It seems majority of diabetic patients in Libya manage to fast during Ramadan month.Patient education and early planned adjustment of diabetic medication is needed to decrease the frequency of diabetic complication during Ramadan month.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Medical Department, Faculty of Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, Libya.

ABSTRACT

Background: The epidemiology of diabetes and Ramadan fasting was reported from many Muslim countries, but not from Libya.

Methodology: We interviewed 493 consecutive diabetic patients at Benghazi Diabetes and Endocrine Center for the potential complications of fasting during Ramadan.

Results: We found 70% of diabetic patients completed the 30 days of Ramadan fasting. Hypo- and hyperglycemia was the most commonly reported complications especially during the first two weeks of Ramadan month.

Conclusion: It seems majority of diabetic patients in Libya manage to fast during Ramadan month. Patient education and early planned adjustment of diabetic medication is needed to decrease the frequency of diabetic complication during Ramadan month.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus