Rahaf Al Bochi RDN, LD

Level 3: Clinical Implications of Faith-Based and Dietary Fasting with Diabetes

Rahaf Al Bochi


Fasting is a traditional practice of many faiths which involves abstaining from food, drink or both. Intermittent fasting has also become an increasingly popular trend in the last few years. Fasting may offer several health and spiritual benefits, however it may pose a risk for some people with diabetes. One of the most commonly studied faith-based fasting with diabetes is in Muslim populations fasting for Ramadan. There are Clinical Practice Guidelines for healthcare practitioners to support patients with diabetes during Ramadan. As the diversity of North America’s ethnic population continues to increase as well as the emerging research on intermittent fasting, dietitians are more likely to see clients fasting with diabetes. This presentation will help dietitians understand the current clinical and nutrition recommendations to best support patients fasting with diabetes.

Speaker Bio

Rahaf Al Bochi, RDN, LD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Olive Tree Nutrition LLC. She provides holistic nutrition counseling and corporate wellness services with a focus on intuitive eating, diabetes, and women’s health. Rahaf is a Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and enjoys sharing evidence-based nutrition communications with media and consumers. She is a member of several Dietetic Practice Groups including Nutrition Entrepreneurs. Follow her blog at Olive Tree Nutrition for Mediterranean-inspired recipes and wellness tips. You can also find Rahaf on Instagram and Facebook.