Red Cell Survival During Ramadan Fasting
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.
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