Ramadan and your health

GPs in Enfield are encouraging local residents to look after their health and keep healthy as they fast this Ramadan.

The holy month of Ramadan lasts for 29 to 30 days (depending on the sighting of the moon) and is a time when Muslims fast from sunrise until sunset. This year Ramadan begins on the evening of Sunday 5 May and ends on Tuesday 4 June.

People with a chronic illness, pregnant and breastfeeding women, frail elderly people, and those on medication are not obliged to fast and should always check with their GP whether it would be safe to do so.

When fasting, it is really important to be aware of your health and any health issues that could arise. 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, please speak to your GP about managing these conditions before you begin fasting. For example, it is really important for your health that you do not stop taking any regular prescribed medicines during Ramadan.

As smoking during the fasting hours is also prohibited Ramadan is a good time to consider quitting smoking for good. Stop smoking services are available to support you. Visit the London Stop Smoking website or call the Stop Smoking London Helpline on 0300 123 1044.