Muslims across the world observe a month-long fast during the Ramadan. But this can affect the health of people who are hypoglycaemic or diabetic adversely.
A study by the British Medical Journal (http://drc.bmj.com/content/3/1/e000108.full), gives a diet that diabetic patients can follow during Ramadan:
1. High dietary fibres – like brown rice, lentils, fruits and vegetable
2. Rich in complex carbohydrates, whole grains, vegetables
3. Low in unrefined salt and green tea
4. No fat or protein from animal sources (including milk and dairy products)
5. No added sugar
Diabetic patients may also consume dates. Dates contain fructose and glucose in a 1:1 ratio.
Fructose is a more powerful sweetener than glucose and is absorbed less rapidly than sugar, resulting in a lower glycemic index.