While most diabetics are able to fast without complications, it is necessary for diabetics who take medication to consult with their healthcare team in order to ensure they are taking the necessary precautions. With a physician’s guidance, many diabetics are able to safely fast and avoid serious health complications.
Type 1 diabetes is believed to result from autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, leading to increased blood glucose. Type 2 diabetes occurs when there is a deficiency in insulin or the body does not respond to insulin. It is generally caused by a family history and genetics, low-activity levels, an unhealthy diet and excess body weight.
For Type 1 diabetics who are depend on insulin injections, fasting is generally not recommended. If a patient insists on fasting, their blood sugar level should be steady and should have been steady for at least two months.
For Type 1 diabetics, fasting can pose a serious risk to their health and life, particularly in cases where blood sugar levels fluctuate. Fasting is not recommended for patients who are using an insulin pump and for patients suffering from complications such as heart and kidney disease.