10 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes
Some extra planning and research is all that's needed for a person with diabetes to enjoy an incredible family vacation.
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Know Before You Go
Plan Snacks and Meals in Advance
On international flights that include meals, request a diabetic meal in advance if possible, since Grainger says many airplane meals include too many carbohydrates.
Pack Enough Medical Supplies
Know Airport and Flight Procedures
During the flight, the altitude change during the ascent and descent can affect some pumps. Dr. Champion advises disconnecting it during take-off and landing to prevent it from administering extra insulin. However, speak with a doctor about your personal situation beforehand.
Be Alert for High and Low Blood Sugar Symptoms
Signs of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, can include increased thirst, dry mouth, blurry vision, vomiting, shortness of breath, headache, and even stomach pain. Consult a doctor before a trip to discuss treatment options, which, depending on the severity, range from administering an extra dose of insulin to visiting an emergency room. Dr. Champion says to leave insulin injections to the paramedics.