Safe fasting during Ramazan


Special Free app for diabetes

Srinagar:  MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. (MSD India), a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, USA, today launched a drive for safe fasting to help people with diabetes during the holy month of Ramazan. As part of its fight against diabetes, MSD has introduced a special app to help guide diabetics through fasting period with the help of blood sugar tracker and tips for diabetes management during the holy month of Ramazan. The ‘Ramazan, Diabetes and Me’ app for iOS and Android users, is designed to address the challenges faced by millions of people with Type 2 Diabetes who fast during Ramazan. While fasting during Ramazan is an important spiritual practice, Diabetes patients need to take special precautions to avoid the risks of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia), high blood glucose (hyperglycemia) and dehydration.

Diabetics while fasting face a high risk of hypoglycemia especially when they are on certain anti-diabetic drugs. Long gaps between food intake along with certain diabetes medications often cause glucose levels to drop, showing symptoms like sweating, dizziness and irritability. When severe, hypoglycemia can also result in mental confusion, antagonistic behaviors, unconsciousness, and even seizures, which makes it necessary to monitor the blood sugar level while fasting. The app offers a Random Blood Sugar (RBS) Tracker and also provides tips regarding diet, exercise and frequent monitoring of blood pressure which help patients to manage their Type 2 diabetes during fasting.

Talking about the app Mr. K.G. Ananthakrishnan, Managing Director, MSD India said, “The drive by MSD is in line with our comprehensive approach to address barriers to diabetes treatment and our commitment to patients. The Ramazan, Diabetes & Me app is an effort by MSD to better serve the interest of patients and communities by helping them better manage their diabetes during the holy month of Ramazan.” he month-long changes in meal times, food, usage of medication and daily lifestyle can affect diabetics. With the use of this app, one can keep track of their blood glucose levels and at the same time also have important medical information handy. The purpose of the app is to help keep patients better controlled while they participate in the important spiritual practice.

More than 50 Million people with diabetes fast during Ramazan and it is very important to take care of the glucose level. Recommending the app, Dr. Abdul Hamid Zargar, MD, DM (Endocrinology) Advanced Centre for Diabetes & Endocrine Care said: “Diabetes patients need to take special care and precautions while fasting during the holy month of Ramazan. It is very important to keep a check on the blood sugar levels and this is where the app from MSD – Ramazan, Diabetes and Me – acts as a guide.”

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