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Karwa Chauth 2020: Experts Give Tips For Diabetics To Fast On Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth 2020: People with diabetes must check with their doctor about the timing and dosage of medicines if they are planning to keep a nirjala fast on Karwa Chauth. More details here.

Karwa Chauth 2020: Experts Give Tips For Diabetics To Fast On Karwa Chauth

Karwa Chauth 2020: Nirjala fasting or not drinking water for the fast can lead to hypoglycaemia

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Women fast on the occassion of Karwa Chauth
  2. They are not supposed to eat or drink water till they see moon in evening
  3. Fasting can lead to low blood sugar levels

Karwa Chauth 2020: Women and even their spouses will be fasting tomorrow on the occasion of Karwa Chauth, which will be celebrated on November 4 this year. Fasting on Karwa Chauth is nirjala fast, in which one is not supposed to consume food or water till they see moon in the evening. Women start this day by getting up early in the morning before sunrise. They eat sargi, which is the pre-dawn meal. After this meal, they are supposed to eat and drink again till they see the moon.

While fasting is the essence of Karwa Chauth, is it safe for people with diabetes? Should they take their medicines? What will the impact of staying without food and water be on their blood sugar levels? Answering all these questions is Dr SK Wangnoo, Senior Consultant, Endocrinology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals and Dr Sujeet Jha, Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Max Healthcare. 


Karwa Chauth 2020: Is it safe for diabetics to fast?

Patients with type 1 diabetes, or those who are on multiple doses of insulin in a day should ideally not fast but if the do, they must consult their doctor before doing it, says Dr Wangnoo. "If a patient is pregnant and diabetic, then she must refrain from fasting on Karwa Chauth. Elderly females with diabetes, who are dependent on medicines, should avoid too as there are chances of getting hypogylcaemic (low blood sugar levels)," Dr Wangnoo tells DoctorNDTV.

Also read: Intermittent Fasting: Take Note Of These 5 Points To Make It Work For You

Diabetics must fast only under medical supervision. For instance, they should check with their doctor if a certain tablet that is to be taken in morning, is safe for consumption in evening.

Patients need to cut down the dose of drugs in case they are fasting on Karwa Chauth. Dosage of insulin and medicines for hypoglycaemia need to be checked with the doctor in case a diabetic is fasting on this day. "Spending the day without food and water for such a long time can lead to low blood sugar or hypoglycaemia. Some medicines may be needed in higher or lower dosage than usual. Also certain medicines for diabetes can make one dehydrated. So this can make one difficult to go without water for the whole day," says Dr Sujeet Jha.

He goes on to add that diabetic patients must check with their doctor about the dosage of medicines and which medicines to eat and avoid on the day of Karwa Chauth fast, and how they can safely spend the day without food and water.

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Karwa Chauth fasting can lead to low blood sugar
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Also read: Diabetes Diet: These Teas Can Help You Control Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

Tips to break the fast

As is it the case with other fasts, even the Karwa Chauth fast needs to be broken safely. First drinking a glass of water. Diabetics, and even others should then have a handful of nuts and sweet savouries like meethi mathri and feni, after that. Do watch your portion size though. Do not overeat as it can lead to digestion issues like acidity and bloating.

Happy Karwa Chauth 2020 y'all!

Also read: Which Breads Should Diabetes Eat To Prevent A Spike In Blood Sugar? Know Here

(Dr SK Wangnoo, Senior Consultant, Endocrinology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals)


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(Dr Sujeet Jha, Director of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Max Healthcare.)

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