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Staying healthy during Ramadan

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In 2024, Ramadan will begin on the evening of March 10 and end on April 9, followed by the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr.

The practice of fasting is an important part of Ramadan. This involves the complete abstinence from food, drink and smoking between dawn and sunset over the month. It’s also a time for self-reflection and evaluation. 

This advice is particularly important for anyone who has diabetes, takes prescribed medicines or who needs a medical appointment during the holy month.

Taking prescribed medicines

If you are taking prescribed medicines, you should continue taking them during Ramadan, but check with your GP or pharmacist if the doses need to be adjusted or the times that you take them need to be changed.

Do you have diabetes? 

If you have diabetes and want to fast during Ramadan, speak to your GP or diabetes nurse about the safest way to do this.

If you monitor your blood glucose levels you should continue to do so while fasting. Diabetes UK has lots of  advice on fasting and managing your diabetes during Ramadan , including tips on  healthy eating  and a factsheet in  English Arabic Bengali  and  Urdu .

Attending medical appointments

If you have a medical appointment booked during Ramadan, it is very important that you attend. You can change the time of your appointment if you need to.

Many groups are exempt from fasting. These include those who are unwell due to a physical or mental long-term condition including diabetes, blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, those who are on medication, pregnant or elderly.

Speak to your imam if you are not sure, as there are alternatives to fasting every day in Ramadan.

What to do if you become unwell while fasting

The  British Islamic Medical Association  advises that if you become unwell during Ramadan, you should stop fasting and seek medical advice. You can do this by visiting or your GP practice’s website or if you don’t have access to the internet, by calling 111 or your practice directly.

Generally staying healthy

Ramadan is a great time to build up your self-control and give up smoking. Talk to your GP or Pharmacist if you are interested or visit the  NHS Quit Smoking  website.

Some other ways to stay well during Ramadan include eating as healthily as possible when breaking, drinking plenty of water before and after fasting, and keeping active, if you’re able to, with some light exercise such as walking.

Eid Al-Fitr

The month will end with the celebration of Eid Al-Fitr which will for on or near 9 April, subject to the sighting of the new moon. It's traditionally a celebration involving meals, parties, visiting family and friends, and attending special prayers in mosques.  


To find out more, visit: Ramadan 2024: Future First With MCB | Muslim Council of Britain

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