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Diabetes Diet During Fasting

Fasting during Ramadan, a holy month of Islam is an obligatory duty for all Muslim adults. Fasting is safe for diabetic patients with controlled blood sugar level. Do consult your Doctor or Dietitian before beginning your fast.

Eating guide:

  1. Early in breaking fast.
  2. Eating sahur before fasting is necessary.
  3. Ensure to take a balanced meal that includes all food groups in the recommended portions and the right amount of carbohydrate exchanges during sahur and breaking fast. Consult Dietitian for the right portion of food and amount of carbohydrate in your meal plan.
  4. Avoid foods with high sugar content during breaking fast.
  5. Include a snack for supper (after tarawih).
  6. Drink sufficient amount of fluid. Aim for 8 glasses of plain water daily.
  7. Limit foods which are high in cholesterol or fat during breaking fast or sahur.
  8. Limit intake of food high in salt as to reduce risk of dehydration.
  9. Take your medicine or insulin regime according to the doctor’s instruction.

Sample menu during fasting:

Meal time
(non-fasting)
Meal time
(fasting)

Example of Menu

(preferably healthy cooking method)

Breakfast Break fast (7:30pm) 2 nos of dates / 1 slice fruit
+ 1 piece of unsweetened / savoury kuih
+ 1 glass milk (preferably low fat milk)
Lunch After maghrib prayer (8:00 pm) 1 ½ cups of rice / mee / meehoon / pasta
+ 1 piece of chicken / fish /meat / tofu / egg @combination
+ 1 cup green leafy vegetables
+ 1 slide fruit
+ Plain water
Afternoon tea After tarawih prayer/supper
(10:30pm)
1 piece unsweetened/savoury kuih / porridge
3 slices of cream crackers /
1 slice wholegrain bread
+ 1 glass milk (low fat / skim milk)
Dinner Sahur (5:00 am) 1 ½ cup of rice / mee / meehoon / pasta
+ 1 piece of chicken / fish /meat / tofu / egg @combination
+ 1 cup green leafy vegetables
+ 1 slide fruit
+ Plain water
Last Reviewed : 22 August 2019
Writer/Translator : Nora Nurlinda binti Zakaria
Accreditor : Nurul Huda binti Ibrahim
Reviewer : Nik Mahani binti Nik Mahmood