How to avoid diabetes complications while traveling

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Being told that you have diabetes is so heartbreaking whether it is a type 1 or a type 2. Suddenly many thoughts begin to trickle in; the lifestyle changes you have to make, the insulin shots… the list is endless. Even if diabetes is in the family, the brain rarely administers the possibility of a positive diagnosis in its host body. Diabetes is not the end of the world, Life has to go on. Here are some things that you will need to do in order to avoid diabetes complications while going on a vacation.


See Your Doctor To Prevent Diabetes Complications

From the moment you are diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor becomes your most trusted person. He or she is probably the only professional you will be in constant communication with. Your life depends on the professional help he or she gives.

If you are scheduled for a long trip, you will need to do a medical exam to confirm that your diabetes is under control. This should be done earlier enough to give room for recovery just in case immunization shots are given.

Ensure that you have more than enough medication for your trip, whether it is oral medications that you need or insulin shots. You may not get the type of medication you are using in your country of destination.


Prepare For An Emergency

Traveling means that you are getting away from the normal environment that your body is used to and going to a different location, with different weather conditions and foods. Unless you are taking your doctor with you, there is a need to prepare for an emergency in order to avoid diabetes complications.

Get a list of contacts for doctors from your travel destination, so you know who to contact while away. A lot of mistakes can be made when an emergency occurs. Doctors may administer medications that you are allergic to, causing you more complications.

This is the reason why you should always wear a medical ID either as a bracelet or necklace, that shows you have diabetes. A medical ID has critical information about a person’s health status.


What To Take With You

A person with diabetes needs more than just clothes, passport and snacks to avoid diabetes complications while traveling. You will need to have an extra bag that has all the medication that you may need while you are away.

The separate bag should have all the insulin and syringes that you will need for the entire trip, blood and urine testing supplies, oral medications and your diabetes ID card. It is important to carry an extra supply of oral medications including antibiotics and anti nausea drugs.


Traveling is great, it is an opportunity to unwind and relax. It is a chance to explore and learn new things and even take a break from your diabetes. If you belong to a group of people living with diabetes, let them know that life can still be fun and full of adventure.


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