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TRAVEL TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH DIABETES

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  Koramangala, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

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Diabetes shouldn’t deter you from doing the things you enjoy. If you want to travel, and you have diabetes, you may need some additional planning. If you plan in advance, you will be able to minimise any potential complication associated with diabetes & travelling. To decrease the risk of any mishap while travelling, you must take into account factors like destination, length of journey, means of transportation & your activity level. If any of the factors are unfavourable for people with diabetes, consult your doctor before finalizing the trip.

Things to remember before you travel

  • Visit your doctor for a health check-up atleast few weeks before you leave for a holiday. Also, discuss with him/her, ways to self-manage your diabetes during the vacation period
  • Make sure that you are carrying your diabetes ID or a letter from your doctor, which mentions your diabetic status. Some airlines & countries would like to see the ID for reference, as you would require to carry syringes and needles
  • Carry your doctor’s/diabetes care team authorised letter that explains your condition. This will be of help, in case you are not in a position to give the instructions yourself
  • If you are travelling overseas, you must get a travel/health insurance that covers your condition and caters to the emergency clinical needs that may arise during your vacation
  • Consider getting a bracelet or necklace that indicates you have diabetes, so that people can help you in case of emergency
  • Research & keep a track of places where you can get supplies of insulin at your destination. This would be essential in case of an emergency. Also, research & keep information on the local foods and drinking water
  • Contact your pharmacist before the trip to see if your insulin is supplied in the country/state you are travelling to. It is also worth checking whether it is sold under the same name
  • If you are travelling overseas, due to difference in time zones you may need to change your medicine in-take. Discuss this with your doctor before travelling
  • Also, it is important to remember that extreme hot and cold climates tend to affect the functioning of insulin and glucometer. If you take insulin, record the types of insulin and whether the insulin is rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate or long-acting. Be sure to carry a copy with you at all times

Things to pack for your trip

  • Pack your diabetes supplies in multiple places to avoid stock out in case any bag gets misplaced. You should also carry twice the amount of medication to avoid aforementioned situation
  • If you are travelling by air, make sure you have diabetes supplies in your hand luggage. Never store insulin in checked luggage, because it may be exposed to extreme (often freezing) temperatures, which can change its effectiveness
  • Pack extra snacks in case you are stuck in transit due to traffic or other delays
  • Consider other supplies you may need, including treatment for hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose), food, drinking water, walking shoes, sunblock and medication for nausea and diarrhoea, your glucose testing meter, lancets, testing strips for glucose (and ketones if you have type 1 diabetes) and needles if you are using injection therapy
  • You must carry glucose or fast acting carbohydrates with you at all times. Glucose tablets or hard candy are ideal

Important to-do’s to remember during vacation

  • During a vacation, it is important to test your blood glucose regularly. Regular testing is the only way you’ll know whether your blood glucose levels are in their target range
  • Carry small packets of healthy snacks (rich in carbohydrates) and consume them at regular intervals to avoid sudden hypoglycaemia episodes
  • Be aware that intake of alcohol can increase the risk of hypoglycaemia episodes, especially If you drink and take insulin or certain diabetes tablets simultaneously. Increased physical activity like dancing etc. can also increase your blood sugar level
  • Walking barefoot on hot sand or tiles can cause blisters. People with diabetic foot problems may not feel the injury or pain. It would be essential to examine your feet for any wounds once in the night before sleeping
  • If you are unwell, monitor your glucose levels every 4 hours (and ketones if you have type 1 diabetes), rest and drink at least 100 ml of sugar-free fluids each hour. If the situation does not subside, then contact your doctor or diabetes educator or the nearest hospital in the area for advice. Be sure to have your list of medications and travel insurance handy to help the doctor provide appropriate care




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