Neither of the main types of diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2 – pose enough of an issue to make travel impossible for most sufferers. What is true, however, is that diabetes often requires careful management, and when routines and habits change when you head away on holiday, problems can occur.
That is why it is always recommended that people with diabetes take extra care when they are planning trips to ensure everything is in place for them to remain safe and well while they are away. Here are a few of the key things to focus on when making your preparations.
If you have Type 1 diabetes or severe Type2 diabetes, the most critical factor in staying well while you travel is accessto insulin. Keeping up with your regular daily injections means either carryingall the insulin you will need with you or sourcing a supply at yourdestination.
Talk to your doctor about your options. If it seems likely that insulin is easy to get hold of where you are travelling, they will write you a letter and provide a prescription to give to medical practitioners where you are staying. If they recommend taking the insulin you need with you, it is a good idea to take at least twice the amount you would normally use, just to protect against emergencies.
Travel insurance for diabetes
Standard travel insurance policies providea basic level of cover for the cost of medical treatments abroad, mainlyfocused on routine minor assistance and medical emergencies. They do notprovide cover for specific treatments relating to pre-existing medicalconditions. In fact, if you have a condition like diabetes and don’t tell yourinsurance company about it, your whole medical cover will probably be invalidin the event of a claim.
Should you need medical treatment for your diabetes while you are away, you could end up facing a hefty bill. To avoid this, people with diabetes should always take out special travel insurance policies that provide specific cover for their medical needs. Click here for more information.
Watching what you eat
Diet is one of the main risk factors for anyone suffering from diabetes. A change in eating habits while away can mean a sudden spike (or drop) in the amount of sugar and starch you are getting in your food, which can quickly cause problems. Making a point of eating healthily and avoiding the temptation to enjoy too many sugary drinks and snacks has to remain a priority wherever you are.
Equally, it is important to stick as far as possible to the timing of meals to ensure your body maintains the blood sugar levels it is used to. Diabetics often experience problems when, in the midst of the travelling rush, they miss a meal and their sugar levels dive as a result. Whilst travelling especially, carry a good supply of healthy snacks with you to keep glucose levels up. You can also contact your airline in advance to check on meal timings and plan snacks around that accordingly.