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Hydration status of university students in the fasting month of Ramadan

Khattak, Muhammad Muzaffar Ali Khan and Mohd Shukri, Nor Azwani and Baharuddin, Nur Hidaya (2022) Hydration status of university students in the fasting month of Ramadan. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, 18 (Suppl. 19). pp. 1-5. ISSN 1675-8544 E-ISSN 2636-9346

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Introduction: Islamic fasting is widely advocated for its health benefits around the world. According to the Holy Quran, it is prescribed by The Almighty Allah (God) for the Muslim to fast in the holy month of Ramadan of the Islamic Calendar every year. Aim: This study aimed to assess the hydration status of the students who were performing their fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Methods: Thirty male and female students at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Kuantan Campus volunteered to participate in this study. All study participants were of healthy and normal body mass index (BMI) according to the WHO classification. Their hydration status was assessed using a bioelectrical impedance (BIA) instrument. This was done before, during, and after fasting, on specific adjusted time post meal. The collected data were compiled and statistically analysed. Results: The results indicated that the total body water (TBW) was increased without affecting the balance of intracellular water (ICW) and extracellular water (ECW) of the fasting study participants. Conclusion: This study indicates that Islamic fasting does not cause a reduction in TBW in fasting individuals. The TBW is maintained due to the burning of body fat.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hydration Status; Students; Islamic Fasting; Ramadan
Subjects: T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Nutrition Sciences
Depositing User: Dr Muhammad Muzaffar Ali Khan Khattak
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2023 15:53
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2023 16:11
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/104361

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