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AS RAMADAN approaches, a diabetes charity is giving Muslims health advice for the fasting period.

Diabetes UK said those with the condition should eat food that is absorbed relatively slowly, such as basmati rice, pitta bread chapattis and dhal, before they begin the fast.

Jill Steaton, south-east regional manager, said: ‘These types of foods can help keep blood glucose levels more even during the fast.

‘It’s important to check blood glucose levels more frequently than usual so that people can, if necessary, break the fast if their blood glucose level drops too low.

‘Many Muslims think that testing blood is considered breaking the fast, but this is not the case.

‘It’s also a good idea to break the fast just before sunrise with a handful of dates and a glass of milk or water and to choose healthier options such as vegetables and fruit.’

To find out more, visit diabetes.org.uk/ramadan