Muslims are required to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. This is the second year in a row that Muslims around the world have been fasting during the Cold War epidemic. An epidemic that has affected millions of people and killed millions, makes fasting even more important, especially those with weakened immune systems who are reluctant to fast.
In this regard, the British-based medical journal “Journal of Global Health” presented its research on the month of Ramadan during the 19th of last year. In the light of this research, it may be easier for Muslims to decide whether to fast during the epidemic this year.
The report said there was no evidence that Muslims across the UK had more deaths than Quod-19 due to fasting. The report says, “In the light of our research, we can say with great confidence that the acts of worship performed by Muslims during the month of Ramadan do not threaten them to be more affected than Covid-19.” More deaths. ”
For this research report, the researchers looked at a sample of the UK population, where Muslims make up 20% or more of the population. The researchers concluded that, contrary to initial concerns, there was a significant reduction in deaths due to Covid-19 in these communities during Ramadan. “In fact, the declining mortality rate continued after Ramadan, proving that no dangerous delay effects were observed,” the report added.
Last month, the month of Ramadan was spent in lockdown in the UK and other social events were banned across the UK, as well as prayer and Taraweeh gatherings. Therefore, it is important to look at the report of the Journal of Global Health in this context.
*Effects of fasting on health
During the month of Ramadan, people eat high-calorie foods at the time of Sahar and Iftar (and some people also eat dinner separately), as a result of which many people suffer from diseases such as obesity and chronic heartburn. Become
In such cases, the concentration of inflammatory cells in the fasting person increases 2 to 3 times, and the affected person suffers from autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, inflammatory diseases such as insulin resistance, and fatty foods. Atherosclerosis, a variety of cancers, can lead to tissue damage and heart disease.
However, studies of humans and animals on a daily basis of fasting and eating habits show that it improves many health indicators, not only in healthy people but also in people with chronic diseases.
Where Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and pay special attention to the purity of the soul during this time, as well as abstain from eating and drinking anything, so do other people in view of their religious duties or health. They fast in different ways and for different durations.
After researching all of these types of fasts, researchers have concluded that it increases aging, increases insulin sensitivity, reduces oxidative stress and inflammation, while leading to cancer and heart disease. It also reduces deaths.
In addition, research has highlighted the following benefits of fasting:
* People who are overweight or obese lose weight.
* Obese people with type 2 diabetes develop glucose biological balance as well as a decrease in body fat and HbA1c.
* Heart disease increases survival rates and reduces the risk of heart disease.
* Fasting lowers insulin resistance and limits energy transfer in overweight and obese people, which can reduce the risk of obesity-related cancers.
* Damage to the nerves associated with aging (Alzheimer’s and stroke) can be protected.
* Fasting reduces the amount of fat, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, which in turn lowers blood pressure.
In light of the World Health Organization’s recommendations, fasters must keep their hands clean and, if necessary, immediately wash their hands with soapy running water for 20 seconds, at least one meter away from others. Avoid crowds and wear masks if you must go to public places. If you feel unwell, consult a doctor and decide whether or not to fast in light of the doctor’s prescription.