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“doesn't like to use his diabetes as an excuse to shirk responsibilities, work, home or faith.”

Your sense of obligation is commendable!

But is your sense of obligation to your faith being used as an excuse to ignore one of the most basic tenets of that faith?

If you’re Jewish, then being responsible to your faith quite likely means eating on fast days, monitoring your blood sugar levels, and injecting insulin when indicated.

Have you consulted a doctor and rabbi, to discuss the medical and faith implications of fasting?

I know MDs who have rabbinic ordination—not at all rare among orthodox doctors; I can put you in touch with one so you only have to make one phone call!


It’s my understanding that diabetes treatment is usually managed by primary care physicians. I don’t know any endocrinologists who are rabbis, but I’m confident I can find you one if you like.
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