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Impact of fasting during ramadan on renal functions in patients with chronic kidney disease

1 Department of Nephrology, NIMS, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Nephrology, GMC, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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Department of Nephrology, NIMS, Hyderabad, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/ijn.IJN_521_20

Introduction: The impact of Ramadan fasting in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains less studied and with inconsistent results. In this study, we tried to look at the impact of Ramadan fasting on renal function in patients with CKD. Materials and Methods: In this prospective observational study, we included 28 adult CKD patients. All relevant biochemical parameters including renal function tests were done in the month before Ramadan fasting and within 3 months after Ramadan. Urine output, body weight, and blood pressure were also monitored during Ramadan and after the end of Ramadan for at least 10 days. Results: All the 28 patients (mean age: 46 ± 12 years) included in the study managed to fast for the whole month, and none displayed any new clinical symptoms or signs. The renal function worsened in four (14.28%), and it was significant in those with CKD Stages 4 and 5 (P < 0.003). Conclusion: Stable CKD patients can fast with careful monitoring; however, there is a risk of renal function deterioration in advanced CKD.

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