Traveling and Diabetic? Add this to your checklist!
When you plan your travel, it is essential to organize several things well in advance to prevent an emergency due to diabetes and also ensure good blood sugar control. An organized kit and some practical ideas can be of great value in keeping the blood glucose under control and avoid an extreme drop in blood sugar levels.
If you are on treatment with Insulin (either syringes or insulin pump), it is essential to carry enough supplies with some extras. If you are on treatment with oral medicinal products these too should be carried in enough quantities.
Consult with your physician and get a detailed prescription with all doses of anti-diabetic medicinal products listed clearly along with doses of any other medicinal products (motion sickness, acidity, diarrhea, constipation, antibiotics, painkillers, etc.) that you may need during the travel period.
Carrying a blood glucose monitoring device is a must along with the required strips, cotton swabs, sanitizers, a waste container to discard used material. Do not forget to include a small first aid kit.
It is essential to check the patient information leaflet for the storage or temperature conditions particularly for insulin since its activity may be affected due to change in temperatures. Accordingly, if required by the manufacturer, you may need to carry ice-packs or cool bags to maintain the temperature of the insulin.
If you use an insulin pump, it is advisable to check with the airline regarding the security requirement and accordingly arranging for formal documents required from the treating physician.
Changes in air pressure may affect the insulin delivered by the pump; hence you may need to disconnect and connect again after take-off and landing. Consult your treating physician for specific information.
Also, weather and altitude affect the test results of glucose monitoring devices, please read the device manually or contact your pharmacist/ manufacturer to clear your doubts and confirm the requirements.
Since the dietary content may vary significantly, during initial stay duration, it is advisable to monitor blood glucose frequently.
Things to eat which would last long should be packed according to the number of travel days. Dry snacks such as dry fruits, khakras, should be packed to manage hunger in case the meals get delayed due to any reason.
Fruit juices avoided otherwise should be carried out to manage the sudden drop in blood glucose due to any reason. Likewise, glucose in any form powder or tablets can also be included.
Choose healthy local cuisine. If you crave for sweets there, you can enjoy however opting for smaller portions and monitoring of blood glucose to keep a check.
General useful information
Pack medicine supplies in two different bags. Keep essential medicines in hand baggage if traveling by air or in an accessible and convenient place.
Taking care of your feet is equally important while traveling since on them depends on your complete travel plan. Choose appropriate terrain footwear for moving around comfortably.
Disclaimer: The above information has been prepared by a qualified medical professional and may not represent the practices followed universally. The suggestions listed in this article constitute fairly common advice given to patients, and since every patient is different, you are advised to consult your physician, if in doubt, before acting upon this information. Lupin Limited has only facilitated the distribution of this information to you in the interest of patient education and welfare.