Holidaying with Diabetes

July 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Living with Diabetes

Whether it’s a relaxing beach break or a long haul activity vacation, one of the most common concerns among diabetics is travel abroad. But with a little advanced planning and forethought there is absolutely no reason why sufferers should not enjoy travel just like anyone else. It’s all about the planning.

Preparation depends on the nature of your vacation and issues such as crossing time zones, different types of food and changes in activity are of paramount concern. Before embarking on any trip have a full medical examination and discuss your plans with a health care professional. Always get any immunization shots well ahead of departure so your body will have time to recover before leaving.

Make sure you have a prescription for your medication and a note detailing any allergies, food requirements and medications you cannot take. If necessary, have these translated into the language of the country you are visiting. You should make sure you have adequate supplies of your meds, including syringes, enough to last longer than your intended length of travel. Prescription laws vary from country to country and state to state, so make sure your doctor’s note explains your requirements thoroughly.

If you are traveling abroad and English is not the first language, it’s a good idea to get a list of English speaking doctors in your destination country.

No matter where you are going, wear a medical bracelet indicating you have diabetes, and learn to say things you may need to communicate, such as “I have diabetes,” “sugar” or “fruit juice.”

Finally, once you arrive at your destination relax for a couple of days and get used to your new surroundings. Don’t set off on a wilderness hike or camel safari the day after arrival; give your body time to adjust. After all, you’re on vacation.


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