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DIABETES sufferers are being advised on problems with fasting during Ramadan.

Muslims fast at Ramadan, which this year starts on July 9 and ends after 30 days.

But Diabetes UK said the main problem for people with the condition observing the religious festival are the conditions hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia.

The first is known as a ‘hypo’, and is when the body’s blood glucose level falls too low.

The second is also known as ‘hyper’, when the blood glucose levels are raised too high.

Diabetes UK said people with the condition should eat food that is absorbed relatively slowly, including basmati rice, pitta bread chapattis and dhal.

It also said testing blood is not breaking the fast but people should consider doing so if their blood glucose level drops too low.

And the charity advises to break the fast with a handful of dates and a glass of milk or water.

Vegetables or fruit should be eaten toward the end of the feasting period.

Call 0845 120 2960 for help.