Kocaeli University (KOU) Hospital Chief Physician Prof. Dr. Nuh Zafer Cantürk stated that those who had a new type of corona virus (Covid-19) who wanted to fast during Ramadan could benefit from the facilitating provisions of the religion in case of severe cough and respiratory distress, and suggested to take the opinion of their doctors.
Cantürk said that there is a lot of information about the benefits of fasting in healthy individuals.
Cantürk, explaining that fasting should be fasted similar to other times during the epidemic process, “It is necessary to group those with corona virus. Not everyone has this disease at the same level. We cannot say ‘Fasting’ to every corona virus. However, our citizens who have serious effects, cough and respiratory problems, can use the facilitative features of religion in the point of fasting
They should also get the opinions of their physicians in this direction. If those who have fasting corona virus also take care of their fluid intake and are fed without overload at sahur and iftar, they will be comfortable during the day if they have protein-based sahur. Citizens can say that they can have a healthy Ramadan if they spread their liquid and food consumption from iftar to sahur. “
“THEY SHOULD TAKE THE ADVICE OF THEIR DOCTORS”
Emphasizing that those with chronic diseases should consult their doctors before fasting, Cantürk continued as follows:
“People with heart disease can reduce the amount of cholesterol in fat with a light diet during Ramadan. If these people use Ramadan well in terms of nutrition, it may be beneficial for their health, but they should take the advice of their physicians. They should eat light and slow at iftar and sahur. They should get enough fluids. The big problem is staying without fluid.
Diabetic patients fast, but the duration of diabetes and whether complications of diabetes occur or not should be taken into account. Healthy individuals will fast as usual. “If I eat a lot at sahur, I will fast during the day more easily.” it is not possible to say something like The more sweet, calorie foods they eat, the more trouble they can have. “
“SUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF LIQUID SHOULD BE TAKEN”
Cantürk called for a balanced diet during Ramadan and noted that with adequate fluid intake between iftar and sahur, there will not be much trouble during the day.
Cantürk recommends consuming light and pulp foods in suhoor, saying, “We should drink a glass of water while breaking our fast at Iftar, then olive or date can be eaten. Since date is a fiber-rich food, it affects our health positively, as it will increase blood sugar slowly.
When you eat fast, you can harm the body. We are talking about the benefits of fasting, but if we do such things, we can cause fasting to do more harm than good. For this reason, it should be fed slowly. “Meat consumption increases during Ramadan, but vegetables and legumes should be consumed on certain days of the week.”
Prof. Dr. Cantürk also pointed out the importance of masks, distance and hygiene rules in the fight against corona virus, and called on everyone to strictly comply with the measures.
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