Red Cell Survival During Ramadan Fasting

  • Mohammed Salim Al-Hadramy Department of Medicine King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Joseph Acquaye Department of Medicine King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Awad Omer Department of Medicine King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Keywords: Ramadan, Fasting, Sickle cell, Chromium

Abstract

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/22-1-13520

Fasting the month of Ramadan is a unique metabolic exercise which has not been studied properly. We have carried out the first red cell survival study during Ramadan fasting. The subjects were six normal adults and three adult patients with sickle cell disease. All the subjects fasted the whole month. The ranges of 51CrT50 for normal subjects and patients were 25-40 and 10-12.5 days respectively. These are similar to the published values for non-fasting subjects. We did not note any harmful effects from Ramadan fasting on the red cell survival in our subjects to justify giving advice against fasting.

Author Biographies

Mohammed Salim Al-Hadramy, Department of Medicine King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

M.R.C.P.

Joseph Acquaye, Department of Medicine King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

F.W.A.C.P.

Awad Omer, Department of Medicine King Abdulaziz University Hospital Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Department of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

F. R.C. Path, F.R.C.E.

Published
1990-01-01
Section
Original Articles