Traveling with Diabetes

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Take the Traveling with Diabetes quiz.

Test your knowledge about traveling safely with diabetes.

When traveling:

While the daily management of diabetes can make you feel like you'd like to take a vacation from diabetes, it is important to keep monitoring your health - even when you are traveling and on vacation. Keep you blood sugar under control, and make sure you know where to find medical resources should you need them. Being prepared can save you time and hassle, letting you enjoy your trip!
www.tsa.gov is a website for:

www.tsa.gov is a website for The U.S. Transportation Security Administration. This website provides details regarding the rules and regulations of air travel. You can find the latest regulations regarding carrying insulin and other liquid medications on a flight. A note on international travel: All countries have different policies regarding carrying liquid medications. Be sure to research the specific rules for your destination.
When Traveling:

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  • It is important to protect insulin from unsafe temperatures, so that it continues to work effectively.
  • People who know how to help will look for medical identification.
  • Always talk with your provider about adjustments you may need to make in your insulin dose while traveling. You may need a simple change or it may be more complicated. It depends on time zone changes, and the activities you are planning to do when you arrive.
It is a good idea to bring a meal with you on your flight because:

It is a good idea to bring a meal with you on your flight because not all airlines provide meals or snacks, even on long flights.
While traveling, it is a good idea to check blood glucose more often because:

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  • You may be eating foods that are literally foreign to you and you can't predict how your blood glucose will respond.
  • Activities like running to catch your flight, or carrying your luggage may cause your blood sugar to fall.
  • If you’re usually active, sitting still for a long flight can cause blood glucose to rise.
While planning a trip, the following should be considered:

All of the answers are correct. However, the best answer is "All of the above".
  • Count out those pills, do some math and figure out how much insulin you need to bring, and add more for possible delays.
  • Carbohydrate counting is always a challenge with unfamiliar food, and you may need to monitor your blood sugar more frequently and adjust your insulin or diabetes medication dose.
  • In case of emergency, it is important to know the location of the nearest medical facility.


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