In the last post, we explored different ways to stay healthy while fasting. However, is fasting suited for your health in the first place? Depending on pre-existing conditions, you may have to take some precautions or avoid the practice altogether in the best interests of your health.

Who should not fast?

* Patients with chronic kidney conditions on peritoneal or hemodialysis should avoid fasting as the dietary restrictions and electrolyte balances rest on a delicate equilibrium that can quickly go into complications.

* Patients requiring blood transfusions are also advised not to fast, as they may be in ill health to begin with and the body’s resources need to be replenished more frequently.

* If you tend to get belittling pain from migraines or even gastritis, fasting is best avoided as it will only put your body under more stress.

* Likewise, pregnancy and lactation are two periods where the food you eat nourishes not just you, but your child as well. To keep your immunity, energy sources and food stores stocked up, continue normal diet and physical activity.

Who can fast with precautions?

* Diabetics may fast if they have achieved good glycemic control with tablets taken orally. Those who depend on insulin injections must not fast as they could go into severe hypoglycemia, a highly dangerous complication.

* If you have chronic hypertension, you may fast after consulting your doctor regarding any modification in medication or dosages. Low blood pressure may be a contraindication for fasting, and it would be better to discuss with your healthcare provider, if it is safe for you to fast.

* People with asthma can also observe the tradition as long as they ensure good control of the condition.

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