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Traveling with Diabetes
Stress, irregular meals, and confusing schedules can make traveling with diabetes quite challenging. With a few precautions blood sugar control can be maintained even when traveling across multiple time zones. While many of the following rules apply to travelers with any chronic medical condition, they are particularly important for travelers with diabetes.
What to Bring and How to Bring it
Here are some additional packing tips:
Prevent and Plan for Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Patients should carry a ready source of glucose such as juice or glucose tablets in the event of a low blood sugar. For those prone to hypoglycemia, an injectable glucagon solution is also recommended. Diabetics should wear a medic alert bracelet or necklace explaining their medical condition. After arrival it is vital to resume a normal meal schedule and eat more frequently when physical activity levels are high. Generally it is not recommended to request diabetic meals from airlines since they are of variable quality2.
Remember, if you're flying across multiple time zones you may need to adjust your insulin or other diabetes medication.
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