New research from the University of Singapore has found that some practicing Muslims with Type 2 diabetes experienced improved average blood sugar scores after participating in the holy month of Ramadan.
The study used a national electronic database to examine A1C scores of some 5,000 people in Singapore; the score measures average blood sugar levels. Those with the highest average blood sugar readings showed the most improvement during Ramadan. Others with lower A1C scores showed little or no improvement in blood sugar levels.
Ramadan is a month-long fasting religious holiday that marks a time when it is believed that “Muhammad received the initial revelations of what became the Quran,” according to an online History article. During the observance, Muslims who participate are limited to two meals each day, one in the morning before dawn, and a second at night after dusk. In 2015, Ramadan will take place from mid-June to mid-July.