Don’t let diabetes stop you from enjoying your life! So, if you want to travel and you have diabetes, you just have to make plans accordingly to prevent any unnecessary stress.
Here’s what you can keep in mind:
- Before you leave on your trip, have regular check-ups with your doctor for several weeks.
- Keep your health-care team in the loop regarding your travel plans so you can plan together for your meals and medication.
- Any required vaccines are better taken a minimum of four weeks earlier on to avoid possible side-effects.
- Ask your pharmacist for the generic names and their dosages of your prescribed medications
- If insulin shots are involved, carry a copy of the details of the types of insulin and whether they are rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate or long-acting.
- Request a medical clearance letter from your doctor in case the airport security expects that of you, especially if you are carrying syringes and needles.
- Make sure you stretch your limbs and be physically active to improve blood circulation.
- Stick to a schedule in terms of your meals, exercises and medication.
- At any sign of low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, take a form of fast-acting sugar quickly.