Can IBD Patient Fasting during Ramadhan?
Not felt, one week ahead we will enter the fasting month of Ramadan. Fasting, which should be carried out in a sincere and solemn heart condition, can be disturbed by the worries of sufferers of gastrointestinal diseases. One of the gastrointestinal diseases that often worries people who want to fast is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
IBD is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract which is characterized by irritation to injury. IBD is a general term for two types of disease, namely ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Both are inflammation of the intestinal wall which can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, decreased appetite which will lead to weight loss, bloody bowel movements, and others.
Then is there any prohibition for people with IBD to fast?
Gastroentero-hepatology consultant and chairman of PB PEGI, Prof. Dr. dr. Ari Fahrial Syam, MMB, SpPD, K-GEH, FACP, FACG, FINASIM explained that people with IBD who are in a state of inactivity or in remission are allowed to fast. Fasting is a form of worship that requires us to hold back from eating. By fasting, people will be healthier in life because they regulate their eating. Likewise, people with IBD will be healthier because their diet is regulated. However, this only applies to the level of IBD that is calm or not in a state of bleeding, diarrhea, severe abdominal pain for example. Meanwhile, people who are in a relapsed condition and need drugs such as mesalazine which must be taken 3 times a day are advised not to fast.
Now, PEGI friends are no longer worried about fasting solemnly in the middle of IBD?