This story was originally posted on September 13, 2013.
With Yom Kippur – one of the holiest days of the Jewish year – quickly approaching, many people are preparing for their fast, which is observed from sundown one day to sundown the next day. For people with diabetes, fasting can sometimes be challenging, but with the right precautions, fasting can be done in a safe and healthy environment.
Is fasting required?
Although fasting is an important aspect of Yom Kippur, the Torah states that fasting is not required, especially if it puts your health at risk. This includes children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, the elderly and anyone who might make themselves ill by fasting. This also includes people with poorly controlled diabetes, and specifically, people with type 1 diabetes, who take insulin, or type 2 on a mixed insulin regimen or those who often have very high or very low blood glucose levels.