Navratri 2019: Manage your blood sugar levels while fasting during Navratri

Fasting and diabetes don't go hand in hand and if you are diabetic and want to keep a fast, you may need to do your best to maintain your blood sugar levels.
Navratri 2019: Manage your blood sugar levels while fasting during Navratri
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Navratri is a nine day-long festival during which devotees keep a fast in order to offer prayers and please the Goddess. They do this in order to prove their faith and loyalty and devotion to the Goddess. During this fast, they are only allowed to consume limited thing in order to stay fit and healthy but if you have a blood sugar problem, it may not be very safe to fast. Limited fasting for diabetic patients may end up triggering other health conditions and no one wants to spend the festival time in a hospital. Diabetes needs to be managed during a limited fast and if you don't have well-managed diabetes, it would be better to fast under medical supervision. But irrespective there are some do's and don'ts of fasting if you have a chronic health condition like diabetes.

Here are some things that you should keep in mind while fasting.

1. Consult your dietician or your doctor and have him customize a diet plan for you. He can help you plan your fast with foods and eating times that can help keep your blood sugar levels in control.

2. Keep checking your blood sugar levels throughout the day. If you notice your blood sugar levels dropping immediately eat something to normalize it or speak to your doctor.

3. Before you start your fast eat foods that have a slow absorption. This helps keep your blood sugar levels more normal and balanced throughout the fasting period.

4. Keep yourself hydrated. Avoid tea and coffee and instead, drink water and coconut water and other such hydrating liquids that are free of sugar.

5. Don't take long breaks between your meals. Eat something at regular intervals because not doing so may make your blood sugar levels fluctuate and impact your health condition.

6. Stay away from fried foods and don't indulge in treats that my turn out to be unhealthy. Eat healthy snacks that can help you manage your diabetes. 

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