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Navratri Fasting: Is it good or bad for diabetics?

  • Posted on- Mar 26, 2015
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Navratri festival has started and already we can see an air of excitement among the devotees. Visit any market in Northern India and you see the Goddess Durga is here to stay. Many people keep fasts for seven or eight days to honor their devotion. In fact, fasting is a great way to stay healthy and keep in shape.

Our body uses extra energy to digest food, and when we keep fast this energy is fully utilized. In the fasting phase, our body treats dead cells, fatty deposits, destroyed tissues, eruptions as a waste and flushes them completely. This eradication leads to improved immune system functionality and pushes the metabolism rate. Fasting aids good digestion and allows physiological rest to the digestive organs so that the saved energy goes into self-healing and self-repairing.

By detoxification and purifying the intestines, we can overcome many ailments as well as boost energy. Fasting not only serves the religious purpose but also rejuvenates and extends life. It improves our mental and emotional health.

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With that being said, not every human being qualifies for fasting. Yes, those suffering from diabetes don’t qualify. But if you truly are a religious person and that you must observe fast then you need to be extra careful during Navratri fasting. Keep the following thing at the back of your mind:

  • Don’t leave your stomach empty for more than 2 hours at a stretch. Drink milk or have something light to eat like fruit 
  • Milk or milk products such as curd and cottage cheese are your best buddies. Consume them at periodic intervals. 
  • Don’t walk away from fruits. You can safely eat 1 banana combined with other fruits like apple, orange, guava, watermelon, grapes, plums or peach. Make sure you eat them in small quantities and at three different times in a day.  
  • Boiled potatoes will give you the required energy but if you like to have in the form of patty then use a non-stick fry pan with less oil. 
  • Consume lukewarm lemon water twice a day. 
  • Don’t forget to take your medication or insulin on time.  
  • Keep a check on your sugar during the day before having medicine or insulin 
  • If you feel the sugar level is dropping, immediately eat curd mixed with little sugar After knowing the diet, let’s have a look what doctors have to say to diabetics who indulge in fasting. Here are some facts: 
  1. A strict no to fasting for Type-1 diabetes sufferers. 
  2. If blood sugar level is below 60, then patients should not observe even a single day of fasting. 
  3. Fast should be immediately broken if sugar levels go below 70. 
  4. When type-2 diabetes is well managed with diet alone, the risk associated with fasting is low. Nonetheless, if patients overindulge in eating post opening of fast, blood sugar levels may increase. 
  5. Fasting diabetic patients, who are on insulin and indulge in heavy eating, may have to modify the dose of their insulin.
It’s the type of diabetes which decides whether you can keep fast or not. But in the end it is your decision.

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15-10-2017 04:50 AM

My mother is a diabetic and these tips which you have stated can proven to be very useful for her if kept in mind.

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05-12-2016 02:07 PM

Navratri is a festival of nine nights. In that phase, it’s imperative to choose a healthy fasting diet in order to get the desired results.

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