Hypoglycemia means lower sugar level and It is said to be worse than hyperglycemia, I mean just Imagine an abrupt stop/low supply of glucose to the brain, it’s dangerous and to be honest quite difficult to manage.Hypoglycemia in the case of diabetic patients is caused by low diet intake, drug intake e.t.c and in non-diabetic patients, it could be as a result of a kidney, liver or pancreas issues, metabolic disorders and so on.As an adult, it is obligatory for you to fast during Ramadhan of course not when you have major health issues but in the case of hypoglycemia you can pull through, so here are 5 things I do during Ramadhan:
Eat well: Prior to ramadhan In sha’baan i try to call myself to order and try to get in to the ramadhan mood just to help me get prepared for ramadhan (it helps). During ramadhan I try to eat well at Iftar which can be hard sort of, because then you are drained and tired due to day’s activities but try eat well (balanced diet) at Iftar and after Tarawee. And during sahur, i try to eat good food like rice and top with a cup of tea (+ sugar), banana and I also have enough water to avoid dehydration during the daytime.
Stress less: on a normal day, if you are hypoglycemic and you are stressed, you tend to have an attack, from running temperature to feeling light headed and then passing out. Hypoglycemic people have to live on junks when they have a busy day so during ramadhan, because i know i can’t have junks, i try to stay off stress, i try to avoid being in the sun and standing for long.I have realized being in a cool enviroment definetely helps.
Have afternoon naps/rest: lying down helps you relax your brain and helps you prepare yourself for iftar, napping between Dhur and Asr works for me as after Asr i start preparing for iftar.
Sit while preparing for iftar: because you are almost drained of glucose, your brain sends the wrong signal the moment it smells food which might make you dizzy, so even when i am making 4 different dishes, I try to be more relaxed while prepping and shuttle between a cold enviroment and the kitchen just for a temperature balance.
Take your drugs: most hypglycemic people are on drugs, ensure to take your drugs during sahur and avoid fasting during sick days:
Allah says “Month (of) Ramadhaan (is) that was revealed therein the Quran, a Guidance for mankind and clear proofs of [the] Guidance and the Criterion. So whoever witnesses among you the month, then he should fast in it, and whoever is sick or on a journey then prescribed number (should be made up) from days other. Intends Allah for you [the] ease and not intends for you [the] hardship, so that you complete the prescribed period and that you magnify Allah for [what] He guided you so that you may (be) grateful.” Qur’an 2:185
That’s it guys, I hope that helps, wishing us a very beautiful ramadhan.Please share your thoughts on hypoglycemia in the comment section.