Metrotvnews.com, Jakarta: To fast for the whole month is one of the services required by all muslims every year. But from the medical perspective, there are several illness conditions advised not to conduct fasting.
Patients, such as those in hospital care, infused, acute infection like heavy throat inflammation, high fever, acute diarrhea, nauseous and vomiting, as well as migraine or vertigo, are advised not to fast. The reason is that their conditions will worsen should they missed a scheduled meal or medicine.
Aside from that, patients with acute respiratory disorders such as asthma, lung disease and heavy chronic obstruction are advised not to conduct fasting. Other diseases with the same recommendations are heart failures, acute gastric problems, cancer, chronic liver disorder, chronic kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetic, as well as elderly people with alzheimer.
A recovering patient wanting to fast should be able to assess his/her own health, not to cause disruptions to the recovery due to fasting. According to Sandy Hantono, the Underwriting doctor Sequis, for chronic diseases, level of fitness differs from acute diseases.
"For those having genetically distributed diseases, prior medical check up is needed to assess the readiness during fasting and deciding the steps taken should there any disorders occur during fasting," he stated.
Meanwhile, according to Nutrients Practicioner of Clinic and Sports, Rita Ramayulis, DCN, Master of Health, illness potential may reoccur when a recovering person did not pay attention to incoming food. Nevertheless, many people have chosen to break their fast with friends and families.
"This (breaking the fast together) is definitely fun, even more when added with various kinds of food and appealing visuals. But this is the alarm, as when we eat with others, we do not control the number and kinds of food entering the body. Not selecting but taking them all. Unaware, a person may consume more food during the fasting break, if compared to when we are not fasting, as the the food types are dominated with sweet and fried food," Rita Ramayulis said.
The workload of body metabolism may decrease or rested during fasting. The fasting itself does not make someone healthy to become ill, if conducted correctly with enough consumption of calories and water, enough activities and not forgetting to do sahur (early dawn meal before fasting). (Eps)
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