Medeor Ramadan Clinics
Dedicated Ramadan Clinics to provide free consultations in Abu DhabiExperts recommend eating less even during non-fasting hours for improved health outcomes
As the holy month approaches, Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi has opened free Ramadan Clinics for the fasting population, as follows:
Digestive Disorder Clinic
Heart Care Clinic
Although Ramadan is associated with many health benefits, not everyone is free from discomfort. "Medeor Ramadan Clinics hope to help families stay healthy and ease any discomfort while observing fast," added Dr. Lalu Chacko, Chief Medical Officer at Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
Experts at the hospital recommend balanced food and fluid intake as crucial between fasts. "Islam encourages Muslims to ensure that they are mindful of their health. The blessed Prophet said 'Take advantage of the good health before illnesses afflict you'," said Dr. Deiar A Habib, Consultant Gastroenterologist, at the facility.
"Overeating can not only harm the body but it is thought also to interfere with a person's spiritual growth during the month. A diet that has less than a normal amount of food but is sufficiently balanced will keep a person healthy and active during the month of Ramadan. The diet should be simple and not differ too much from one's normal everyday diet. It should contain foods from all the major food groups."
Dr. Mohd Rahi Al Hasnawi also supported this view. The Specialist Cardiology at Medeor Hospital Abu Dhabi advices against excessive eating. He said, "Three essential things are to be kept in mind during Ramadan – food, medication and exercise."
According to Dr. Rahi, eating less quantity of food after breaking the fast is the key to the production of good cholesterol and reducing discomfort. "Eating a lot of food is a bad habit. Add to that sleeping immediately after the meal intake, and it can even precipitate a heart attack." He also advises against changing the medication intake or frequency without consulting a doctor.
One of the advantages of Medeor Ramadan Clinics is to spread awareness about what comprises of a balanced diet. The clinics will be open along with Ramadan tent activities, to provide health tips, consultations by experts, healthy diet tips as well as host Iftars.
Listed below are Dr. Rahi’s tips for a healthy Ramadan:
- Between Iftar and Suhoor, divide your food into 4 small meals
- Avoid excess of red meat and sweets (or anything sweet, like sugary drinks)
- Choose milk and milk products that are low in fat
- Sip water frequently between Iftar and Suhoor
- Ensure that you do not sleep immediately after a meal
- Those on medication should take them during Iftar or Suhoor
- Don’t stop the prescribed medication, as that can result in serious health issues
- Praying is a good way of exercising
- Taraweeh praying is highly recommended for good spirit
- Going to the mosque for early Morning Prayer is great for the body and mind
- Maintain physical exercise such as short walks
People who will be fasting during Ramadan are invited to participate in the free campaign as follows:
- Services offered: Free consultation by Neurologists, Gastroenterologists, Cardiologists, and Dietitians
- Venue: Medeor Hospital, Abu Dhabi
- Schedule: Entire duration of Ramadan
- Timing:Saturday to Thursday 10 am to 12 am, Friday 6 pm to 12 am (prior appointment required)