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GPs urge Redbridge residents to plan ahead for Ramadan

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:25 16 May 2018

A Muslim man photograph people outside East London Mosque, Whitechapel Road, as they celebrate the end of Ramadan, also known as Eid al-Fitr.

A Muslim man photograph people outside East London Mosque, Whitechapel Road, as they celebrate the end of Ramadan, also known as Eid al-Fitr.

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Muslims must plan their Ramadan carefully to avoid dehydration and ill health, GPs have urged.

A street staller sells cakes to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr ,outside the East London Mosque, Whitechapel.A street staller sells cakes to celebrate the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr ,outside the East London Mosque, Whitechapel.

Ramadan began on the evening of Tuesday, May 15 and central to observing this holy month is Sawm – fasting during daylight hours.

Redbridge CCG – the body in charge of what health services are provided in the borough – advise those fasting avoid spending long periods of time in the sun to stay healthy.

They also advise cutting back on caffeinated drinks, drinking plenty of plain water and eating unrefined carbohydrates and proteins, during non-fasting hours, to maintain energy levels.

Examples of ideal foods include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, eggs, beans.

Fasting is not considered compulsory for many groups – including people who are unwell or have a long-term condition; people with learning difficulties; people who are travelling; and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or menstruating.

To book an urgent same day appointment with a GP during Ramadan, call 020 3770 1888 or contact NHS 111.

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