(RNS) While on clinical rotations, I helped treat a patient who seemed to be fainting every other day from hypoglycemia.
Ms. K. had been diagnosed with diabetes over a year ago but had only started to have this problem recently.
After learning more about her social history and background, I discovered that she was a practicing Muslim and was fasting because of the holy month of Ramadan.
Source: How religious literacy can save lives | Religion News Service
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