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Tips for Traveling with Diabetes

Traveling can be stressful if you don’t plan ahead. A diabetic must pay special attention to this. These five travel tips for diabetics are easy to apply and essential to your health. If you’re planning on visiting another country, this is a need.

Make an appointment with your doctor in advance of your trip. Keep an eye on your A1C blood sugar levels; your blood pressure, and your cholesterol. Make sure you have the necessary vaccinations before you travel to any country.

2) Carry a medical ID for diabetes. You want it to be in the language of the country you’re visiting, ideally. You don’t want to end up in the emergency room because of misconceptions.

If you’re travelling with diabetes supplies, keep them in your carry-on luggage. Unfortunately, lost check-in luggage does occur. Don’t put your diabetic medicine at risk by bringing it along with you in your checked bag.

Your medication should remain in its original packaging, including the pharmacy labels. If you’re on insulin, it’ll keep others from mistaking your medication for something else.

When changing your watch, be cautious of time zone differences. Remember that if you travel east, your day becomes shorter; if you travel west, your day gets longer. Change the timing of your medication if necessary.

Traveling does not have to be a stressful experience. Having a positive attitude and a little pre-trip preparation can go a long way toward making things easier.

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