Fasting and Kidney Disease: Is it Safe?

During Ramadan, it’s important to understand the impact of fasting on your health, especially if you have a chronic disease...

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During Ramadan, it’s important to understand the impact of fasting on your health, especially if you have a chronic disease or condition. In today’s video, I address the impact of fasting on 4 diseases:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: If you’re reliant on insulant and many small meals during the day to maintain blood sugar, fasting can cause spikes and drops in blood sugar.
  2. Dialysis Patients: If you are on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, fasting can cause a risk to your health.
  3. Chronic Kidney Disease: For those with mild kidney disease that is well controlled with minimal medication, the impacts of fasting will vary from person to person. Have a physician monitor you while fasting. Those with advanced kidney disease may experience the risk of progressing their disease from fasting.
  4. Transplant Patients: If you’re received a transplanted organ, your organ is at risk if you fast.

This is my personal opinion as a nephrologist or kidney specialist, not a religious decree. Please consult your personal physician if you have any of these conditions and when making important decisions about your health and diet. I am not an Islamic Scholar and this is not a religious decree, “Fatwa”. This is my personal medical opinion. Ramadan Mubarak and I pray that you remain healthy.


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