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Ramadan: Fasting can cause kidney problems, health expert warns

“Additionally, fasting can affect blood sugar levels, especially for individuals with diabetes,” a medical consultant said.

• April 1, 2024
Muslims praying (Credit: Nigerian Guardian)
Muslims praying (Credit: Nigerian Guardian)

A medical expert, Bolaji Salako, has urged the Muslim faithful to prioritise their health and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and healthy fasting experience.

Mr Salako, a consultant radiation and clinical oncologist at the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta, said this in an interview on Monday in Ibadan.

According to him, fasting during Ramadan can pose certain health risks, particularly if not done with proper care. 

He said dehydration was one of the main concerns, especially in regions with hot climates.

“Not drinking water for long hours can lead to dehydration, which can result in fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and even more serious complications like kidney challenges if not addressed.

“It is crucial for fasting individuals to stay hydrated during non-fasting hours,” Mr Salako said.

He said another concern was nutritional deficiencies because fasting involved abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours, which can sometimes lead to imbalances in nutrient intake.

Mr Salako urged those fasting to consume balanced diets during non-fasting hours, that is, at the beginning or at breaking of the fast. He said that consuming diets that are not balanced could potentially lead to deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals if not managed properly.

“Additionally, fasting can affect blood sugar levels, especially for individuals with diabetes. It is important for those with diabetes and other diseases like hypertension and cancer to work closely with their medical doctors to adjust their medication schedules and monitor their health conditions carefully during Ramadan,” Mr Salako said.

According to him, while fasting during Ramadan can have spiritual benefits, individuals need to prioritise their health and take necessary precautions to ensure a safe and healthy fasting experience.


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