Consuming heavy and spicy meat dishes repeatedly for several days during and after Eid ul Adha can pose serious health risks for individuals with chronic illnesses and mild to moderate stomach-related issues, as well as potentially causing complications in seemingly healthy individuals.
According to a report by The News, gastroenterologists have cautioned that the regular consumption of heavy, spicy, and fried meat dishes can lead to severe complications for patients with hepatitis B and C.
Patients with heart disease or diabetes should also be cautious about their diet during and after Eid, avoiding excessive and regular intake of meat.
Experts suggest that consuming a moderate quantity of meat during Eid celebrations does not cause problems for healthy individuals. However, patients with diabetes who have impaired kidney function should consume only a small quantity of meat to prevent complications.
Professor Dr. Muhammad Shoaib Shafi, Senior Vice President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, explains that diabetics with normal kidney function, like healthy individuals, can consume meat dishes in moderate amounts, as they are not medically advised against doing so.
He emphasizes that even in healthy individuals, consuming meat dishes regularly over the three days of Eid ul Adha or for an entire week can lead to problems.
Patients with chronic hepatitis B and C are advised to consume only a small quantity of meat. Those with ascites (abdominal fluid accumulation) or a history of blood vomiting can consume up to 40 grams of meat within a 24-hour period.
Dr. Shafi further explains that chronic hepatitis B and C patients may experience unconsciousness, blood vomiting, or seizures if they consume a larger quantity of meat.
If a patient with hepatitis B or C exhibits incoherent speech after consuming meat, immediate medical attention should be sought.
Experts suggest that patients with hepatitis B or C who have normal liver and kidney function can consume a moderate quantity of meat. However, they should also avoid regular meat consumption during and after Eid.
Individuals, especially those with peptic or duodenal ulcers, should restrict their meat intake to a limited amount.
Many health experts advise against consuming excessive amounts of meat in a single meal, as it can pose health problems for all individuals, including those who are healthy. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid such practices.