July 12, 2005
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.