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Health Tip: Diabetics Who Travel

Plan in advance and stave off health problems

(HealthDayNews) -- If you have diabetes and are planning a vacation, advance preparation can help things run smoothly, despite the change in routine.

Bristol Hospital Wellness Center offers these travel tips:

  • Check the timing of your medications and meals. Delayed meals or changes in the amount of food you eat can trigger blood sugar problems.
  • Always carry food, water and glucose tablets with you.
  • Trains and buses can get delayed, so don't forget your glucometer and any medications you may need.
  • If you take insulin and are crossing more than two time zones, speak with your doctor about possible dosage adjustments.
  • Try to walk as much as possible, and carry glucose tablets or snacks in case the walk becomes extended.
  • When dining in restaurants, avoid fried foods, heavy sauces, gravies and desserts.
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