Fasting Makes Heart Stronger
Fasting generally has positive health effects on the human body, but when people have illnesses that do not go away easily like diabetes and blood pressure fasting can become difficult. Fortunately for Muslims, there are clear directions given for fasting for those who suffer from different illnesses. Since the most common illness that majority of the Pakistani population suffers from are diabetes and blood pressure we have a few tips and information on fasting with diabetes and blood pressure.
According to the doctors, eating less has positive health effects. Research has shown that fasting can actually reduce cholesterol, lower blood pressure and control diabetes. It also aids in weight loss. The four major risks of heart diseases are diabetes, weight, high blood pressure and cholesterol. If a person can reduce these four factors, the risks of heart diseases also reduce.
Watch Out for Health Problems
Given the health benefits of fasting – it is not for everyone. People who suffer from type 1 diabetes should not fast and avail the relaxation given in Islam. Instead, you can give ration and make up for the obligatory fasts every year. People who suffer from high blood pressure will notice better health as fasting reduces high levels of blood pressures. If there are other medical problems that a person is suffering from, skipping fast is fine.
Continue a Healthy Lifestyle
The overall health of those who fast will depend on the way a diet is followed. Healthy eating options will ensure that the health is unaffected. Avoid eating fatty foods, fried foods, and foods that contain a high concentration of complex carbohydrates (which include donuts, cakes etc.). It is better to keep a simpler diet at Suhur and Iftaar which should contain a majority of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Try not to skip your exercise routine and continue your work out through the month. Although you can make changes in your routine but putting a stop to it completely may affect your health adversely. Keeping yourself hydrated from Iftaar to Suhur will make up for water loss during the day.
Have a healthy Ramadan!