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Fasting and Diabetes

Fasting has been a tool used for millennia for both health and religious purposes. Recently intermittent fasting has become a popular form of weight management. Diabetes care and education specialists can work with those choosing to fast to ensure they do so in a safe and healthy way. Download and print the below handouts as a conversation tool in your practice. 

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Ramadan 

Ramadan is a special time of the year that brings increased spirituality, self-discipline, compassion and gratitude. For millions of followers of the Islamic faith, it's a time of fasting from sunrise to sundown. Although people with diabetes are exempt from fasting, many still choose to do so. As a healthcare professional, it's critical that you work with individuals to help them fast safely while respecting their decision.  

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