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Redbridge GPs give health advice for fasting during Ramadan

PUBLISHED: 11:09 05 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:09 05 July 2013

Redbridge GPs are encouraging residents to look after their health while fasting for Ramadan.

Muslims across the borough will fast between sunrise and sunset during the holy month, which starts on

Tuesday.

People with a chronic illness, pregnant women, frail elderly people, and those on medication are not obliged to fast but GPs recommend they see a doctor first if they choose to.

Dr Anil Mehta, chairman of the Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Fasting is not only a spiritual act but a physical one as well.

“If you suffer from an illness such as diabetes, asthma or high blood pressure for example, people should speak to a GP about managing these conditions before they begin fasting.”

Dr Mehta said pre-dawn and sunset meals should be balanced. Foods including lentils, basmati rice and meat will keep maintain energy levels and lots of liquids should be drunk.

He added: “Ramadan is a good time to focus on bringing back a balanced and healthy lifestyle.”


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