Glycaemic control in south Asian patients during feasting and fasting
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
In the UK, type 2 diabetes is at least four times more common in the south Asian community than the Caucasian population. The vast majority of south Asians in the UK are Muslims, Hindus or Sikhs. Fasting and feasting are an integral part of these faiths, so these patients expose themselves to an increased risk of hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia. This article provides advice on adjusting both oral medication and insulin during fasting.