MUSLIMS in Bury are being advised to stay healthy while fasting during Ramadan this month.

Patients on regular medication or those who suffer from long-term illnesses, such as diabetes, are being urged by NHS chiefs to take extra care and maintain a healthy lifestyle during the fast.

Dr Kiran Patel, chairman and clinical lead at NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The way to approach your diet during fasting is similar to the way you should be eating outside of Ramadan.

“To prevent muscle breakdown, meals must contain enough energy food, such as carbohydrates and some fat.

“We want to support people in observing their faith, so it is important that we give them advice that has been approved both medically and from a religious point of view.”

Patients who suffer from any chronic illness or health complications are being advised to consult their GP before fasting.

Following a well-balanced diet during fasting can also be good for health, said Dr Patel, as it is a good opportunity to lose weight or to quit some bad habits like smoking.

Tips for healthy fasting:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet, including nutrients from all food groups
  • Avoid fried foods or those containing too much sugar
  • Increase fluid intake during non-fasting hours to avoid dehydration
  • Avoid over eating when breaking your fast
  • Choose healthy cooking methods
  • Eat slow-digesting foods containing grains and seeds

Anyone with concerns about their own or family’s health during fasting should speak to their GP practice, or visit