Travelling with a Insulin Pump Or Continuous Glucose Monitor

 

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If you treat your diabetes with a pump or use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), it is recommended that you contact your airline prior to travel, if possible a few weeks before you fly.

Some airlines will require you to notify them of your medical equipment in advance and fill in additional paperwork before you fly.

Failure to do this can, in some cases, result in passengers not being allowed to board the aircraft with their pump or CGM.

Although insulin pump manufacturers indicate that pumps can safely go through airport security systems, pump wearers may request a visual inspection rather than walking through the metal detector or being hand-wanded.

Advise the screener that the insulin pump cannot be removed because it is connected to a catheter inserted under your skin.

Let screeners know if you are experiencing low blood sugar and are in need of medical assistance.

Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin with a label clearly identifying the medication.

You should also speak to your diabetes team – should you need to remove your pump for any reason, they can provide you with any extra equipment such as insulin pens and help plan your doses throughout your journey.

Caution around insulin pumps and CGM onboard aircraft is due to wireless functionality, which may interfere with aircraft communication and navigation systems.

If your pump or CGM cannot function without a wireless signal, then you may need to be prepared to remove your CGM and pump and administer insulin with an insulin pen for the journey.

You would also need to test your blood glucose levels manually with a standard blood glucose meter.

Also dont forget to pack extra insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter, and needles).

Updating Your Time & Date Of Insulin Pump When Travelling

Setting the correct time and date in your pump is necessary for accurate basal insulin delivery and allows you to keep an accurate record of your insulin delivery and other pump functions. You can select a 12-hour or 24-hour clock. You must reset the time and date if you receive a CHECK SETTINGS alarm or you clear your settings (Clear Settings function).

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Important: The time on your insulin pump/CGM monitor determines your personal settings (including basal and bolus rates) so make sure it is always up to date.

<>Go to the TIME/DATE SETUP Screen<>

Main Menu > Utilities > Time/Date<>

<>Select 12 Hour Setup or 24 Hour Setup and press ACT.

<>Press ACT again to change the settings.

<>Change each of the settings as follows:

<>Change the hour. Press ACT

For 12-hour setups, press the UP or DOWN arrows until the correct AM or PM appears.

<>Change the minutes. Press ACT.

<>Change the year. Press ACT.

<>Change the month. Press ACT.

<>Change the day. Press ACT.

<>The TIME SET AT screen will show the settings that you programmed.

<>Press ACT and exit the menus.

Important: After you have programmed the new time, always double check your settings (especially that the AM/PM setting is correct).

Changing the Language on your Insulin Pump

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Changing the Language

The language shown on the pump screens can be changed. Some languages may not be available on all pumps. Before you can select another language, you need to set the time using the English screens.

<>Go to the LANGUAGE MENU screen

Main Menu > Utilities > Language

<>Select your language, then press ACT.

<>The language setting is now changed. Exit the menus.

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Diabetes Precautions For Temperature Changes

Both hot and cold weather extremes can harm your testing equipment and your medications and have a negative impact on your body’s ability to produce and use insulin.

If you are travelling to an area that is likely to experience very extreme temperatures, check with your meters manufacturers about limits on the reliability of their machine.

HOT CLIMATE

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1.Stay hydrated.

The problem is that in the heat, people tend to get dehydrated easily. When you’re dehydrated, you have higher concentrations of blood sugar because less blood flows through your kidneys.

With less blood, your kidneys don’t work as efficiently to clear out any excess glucose (blood sugar) from your urine.

When it’s hot, be sure to drink plenty of water or sugar-free drinks.

Don’t wait until you are thirsty to replenish fluids.
 2.Store your medications properly.

 

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High temps can affect your diabetes medications, glucose meter, and diabetes test strips.When it’s hot outside, it’s easy for insulin and other drugs to become degraded.Be sure to store your medications properly — out of the extreme heat.Never leave them in your car on a hot day.You may need to carry your diabetes medicines  in a cooler with an ice pack. Just be sure they’re not sitting directly on ice or the ice pack.
3.Stay out of the heat of the day.

Exercise is an important part of diabetes management and blood sugar control.

But you don’t want to be outside exercising during the hottest part of the day.

Get in your exercise first thing in the morning or once the sun goes down

Another option is to work out in an air-conditioned gym in the hotel where you are staying.

4.Know signs of low blood sugar.

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Some of the symptoms of heat exhaustion are similar to those of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

These include sweating, light-headedness, shakiness, and confusion.

You may think it’s the heat and not recognize that your blood sugar levels have fallen to dangerous lows.

Be aware of the warning signs of low blood sugar and keep some carbohydrates with you to eat if you need to raise your blood sugar.

Have a plan for a medical emergency.
5.Test more often.You may need to test your blood sugar levels more frequently so that you can adjust your insulin and your diet as necessary.Talk with your diabetes educator about guidelines if you’re unsure of the best schedule.
6.Mind your feet.

 

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People with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes are susceptible to problems with their feet.

In the hot climate you face the temptation to go barefoot or wear open sandals that expose your toes  to trouble.

Always wear shoes that fit well — even in warmer countries— and at the end of the day, check your feet for any cuts, scrapes, blisters, or bruises.

Don’t ignore injuries to your feet. Get medical treatment right away.

COLD CLIMATE


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Freezing temps and cold weather can make it more challenging to stay on top of your diabetes.

Here’s what to watch for on holiday in cold climates.

1.Keep your supplies out of the cold.

Just like extreme heat, extreme cold can affect your insulin and cause your glucose monitor to stop working.

Don’t leave supplies in a car when temperatures outside are below freezing.

2.Do your best to avoid getting sick.

When you’re sick, you’re stressed, and being under stress can raise your blood sugar. Also, when you don’t feel good, you’re likely to not eat properly.

Wash your hands with soap and water often so that you don’t spread germs.

Have a sick-day kit – Fill it with soup, sugar-free cough drops, tea — things that will make you feel better and that you can access easily.

Also get vaccinated against the flu before you go on holiday.

3.Avoid packing on the pounds.

Managing type 2 diabetes during a holiday can be tricky.

Many foods are loaded with carbohydrates that cause your blood sugar to rise,keep to your diabetes diet plan.

Forget about seconds and stick with one plate of healthy food, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, lean protein, nuts, and beans.

Even a small weight gain makes it more difficult to control your diabetes and blood sugar levels.

4.Keep an eye on your feet.

 

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Diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in your toes and feet.

Protect them with the right footwear, especially in snow.

Apply moisturizer to your feet to keep your skin healthy.

Inspect them regularly, and if you notice an injury that doesn’t heal, seek medical attention. Don’t wait.

5.Warm your hands.


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If your hands are cold, you may have to warm them up to get a good blood sugar reading.

Wash them in warm water before testing.

Your meter will work best when it’s kept in a room where the temperature is between 50 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

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6.Don’t skip your workouts.

It can be hard to get motivated to exercise on holiday.

But exercise is an important part of diabetes blood sugar control.

It helps if you dress in layers when you’re exercising outdoors in the cold.

Or go to the gym in your hotel where you can work out indoors.

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Safe Trip Tips For Diabetics

 

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1. Keep your supplies close at hand.

Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, make sure your diabetes supplies are easily accessible. If you’re flying, be sure to put all of your supplies in your carry-on bags.

Back-up insulin should also be kept in your carry-on, because checked baggage can be exposed to extreme cold or heat that can spoil insulin, and ruin glucometers.

If you’re using a device to keep your insulin cool, be sure it is a cold pack, and not a freezer pack–freezing insulin destroys its efficacy. The same rules apply for storing supplies while driving or on a train.

Include a small approved sharps container,take a small first aid kit with you in case of aches and pains, minor cuts and burns

2. Try to stick to your routine.

Traveling can really throw people with diabetes off schedule at no fault of their own. The delay of a flight may mean sitting on the runway for hours, or if you’re traveling out of your time zone, it may mean feeling hungry when you should be asleep.

When you have diabetes, you need to think ahead and stick to your routine as much as possible. If you pack extra snacks for the plane, you may want to store them in an insulated bag with an ice pack.

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3. Get documentation.

 

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Carry a note from your doctor stating that you have diabetes, and need to have your medication with you at all times.

The letter should state that you have diabetes and are carrying syringes or insulin pens and needles for your diabetes.

Explain you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and what insulin type and doses you are on. Also the times you usually take your insulin.

List the pen device or syringes you use, plus the blood glucose meter and testing strips you use.

Note any other medical conditions you have.

List any allergies you have or any foods or medications to which you are sensitive.

If you’re going to a country where they speak a language other than your own, translate the note into that language.

Make a few copies of the note and distribute to those traveling with you, so you will have documentation at all times.

4. Inform airport security you have diabetes.

When flying, remember to put your diabetes supplies in a quart size plastic container that is separate from the other non-diabetes liquids you’re bringing on board; this way, screeners can immediately separate diabetes medications from other liquid items in your carry-on baggage.

Sometimes it is helpful to carry your insulin bottles or pens in their original packaging to prove the prescription is your own.

5.Investigate the food you eat and beverages you drink.

If you take mealtime insulin, do your best to figure out the carbohydrate grams in the foods you’re eating so that you take the right pre-meal insulin,

Do some research on local foods before your trip.

Check on the basic forms of carbohydrates eaten in the countries that you are visiting.

While away, it should be possible to select familiar food such as rice, pasta, bread, biscuits and fruit.

You may need to schedule an appointment with your dietician to discuss the carbohydrate content of some of the basic foreign foods you may come across while away.

Alcohol may also lower your blood glucose level, so do not drink on an empty stomach.

You may need to take an extra carbohydrate snack before going to bed as alcohol has the potential to lower your glucose level hours later or the following morning.

With diabetes you will be more sensitive to dehydration so always drink plenty of fluids when in a hot climate.

If you do not drink enough when outdoors in a hot climate your insulin will be absorbed more slowly.

Later, when you drink properly, more insulin will be absorbed and you are at risk of having severe hypoglycaemia.

Bottled water from a reputable company with the seal intact is the best source to keep hydrated.

You may need to contact your diabetes team to clarify any issues on insulin absorption, sites, exercise and temperature prior to travelling.

Paying the extra cost for air conditioning may be beneficial to help prevent night time glucose fluctuations.

In addition, test your blood glucose before and after meals to see how new foods are affecting your control.

It’s crucial to keep your glucose numbers in check to avoid problems.

6. Increase your stash of supplies.

It’s wise to pack diabetes supplies as if you were staying twice as long as you plan to.

If you’re using a pump, should also remember to bring extra supplies.  Ask for a back-up loaner pump for your trip in case there’s a problem with the one you’re wearing.

Simply call the pump company you use.

7. Consider time zone changes.

 

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If you’re wearing an insulin pump and will be traveling to a location that is in another time zone, be sure to adjust your insulin pump’s clock to reflect the change.

If you have questions about how to handle the change, be certain to speak with your diabetes care team beforehand.

8. Tell others that you have diabetes.

 

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While it may not always be comfortable, it is important to tell the people with whom you are traveling that you have diabetes.

Let them know what you have to do to stay healthy and active on your journey, and what they should do in case there is an emergency.

Always wear a medical identification bracelet when you’re traveling and be certain that it states you have diabetes, if you take insulin, and if possible, list an emergency contact number.

It is a good idea to have a few phrases in the local language for example, I have diabetes, please give me something sweet, and please call a doctor.

If you’re bringing your mobile phone with you on holiday, be sure to enter a contact in your phone book entitled, “Emergency Contact”.

9.Travel Insurance

 

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You are advised to obtain full health insurance with comprehensive cover. Check what insurance cover you have or will need and the geographical area of cover.

Read all the small print in the policy so that you know what you will be covered and what will not.

Make sure your policy will cover you in case of a diabetes emergency related matter while abroad.

Remember that ordinary holiday insurance or backpackers insurance booked through your travel agent may not cover your diabetes as it may be considered a pre-existing condition.

Check with the travel agent about the extra premium required ensuring coverage of your condition.

If you have private  health cover, speak to your provider about their travel insurance.

If you are an EU citizen and need medical assistance while in another EU country, you need to bring a European Health Insurance Card.

Carry the contact details of your travel insurance medical division with your passport.

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Travel With Diabetes

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Diabetes shouldn’t stop you from doing the things you want to do. If you want to travel, and you have diabetes, you must plan ahead carefully.

Although you can’t avoid the odd surprise, preparing before you leave can help avoid undue stress.

Travel can make it hard to keep your blood sugar within your target range because of changes in time zones, meal schedules, and types of foods available.

With the right preparation a short holiday or a long journey is just as feasible for people living with diabetes as it is for non-diabetics. But good planning is important in order to enable you to enjoy as many carefree days as possible.

Ideally you should start planning your trip well in advance of your departure date.

Before embarking on travel, you should ensure that your health is optimized and can be maintained throughout your trip.

Not all people with diabetes require medication, or are on insulin, therefore some advice stated here will not apply to everyone.

Pretravel Medical Check-up

 

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A routine checkup with your Diabetic Consultant, Diabetic Nurse Specialist or General Practitioner pre-travel will include assessment of:

1.Visit your doctor/Diabetic nurse for a check-up several weeks before you leave for a holiday.

2.Discuss your itinerary with your healthcare team and work out plans for your meals and medication, especially if you are travelling through different time zones.

3.Be sure to get any required vaccinations at least four weeks before you travel, so you have time to deal with any possible side effects.

4.Ask for a list of your medications (including the generic names and their dosages) from your pharmacist.

It is often sensible to get a prescription from your doctor for anti nausea and vomiting medication, anti diarrhoea medication, and some basic anti fungal and antibiotic medication.

Doing this means you’ll have the medications you need should you become sick overseas and are unable to get medical help quickly.

Discuss your needs with your doctor and remember to get he/she to give you instructions on when and how to use the medication.

Get the prescription filled before you leave and carry these medications on you.

5.If you take insulin, record the types of insulin and whether the insulin is rapid-acting, short-acting, intermediate or long-acting. Be sure to carry a copy with you at all times.

6.Have a letter from your doctor stating that you are allowed to carry medicines or supplies because some airlines and some countries require you to. Syringes and needles in particular can present a problem when flying and when entering some countries.

7.Glucose control

 

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Travel can have all sorts of effects on diabetes management. For example, when en route to your destination, you may be sitting for prolonged periods of time.

Keep in mind that the lack of activity may prompt your blood glucose levels to become elevated; conversely, sightseeing and other physical activity may lower glucose.

Because of the changes in your schedule, it is very important to test glucose before and after meals. If you’re unsure how to correct for highs, ask your healthcare team for more information.

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If you are crossing time zones, alteration of the timing of medication can be discussed.

Blood glucose levels can be disrupted during travel – altering the doses of medication in response to this can be discussed

You must continue to take your medication regularly while you are travelling.

Remember that blood glucose is measured in mmol/L in some countries but in mg/dl in many other countries.

So if you need to contact a healthcare professional abroad, the conversion rate is 1mmol/L= 18mg/dl. e.g. 6 mmol/L= 108mg/dl.

8.Sick day rules – ensure you are aware of how to maintain glucose levels when ill, how to check urine for ketones and when they need to seek medical attention.

9.Management of hypoglycaemia/low blood glucose levels.

When you travel, you may disrupt your normal routine for both eating and dosing insulin; you may also be sightseeing or increasing your physical activity in general.

Because of these changes, you need to be prepared for low glucose whenever it strikes, so pack plenty of glucose tablets—these are usually the best because they won’t melt, explode in heat, or leak and become sticky.

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11..Contact details of your diabetic clinic can be obtained in case information/advice is needed during long trips.

Safe Trip Tips For Diabetics

 

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Diabetes Precautions For Temperature Changes

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Both hot and cold weather extremes can harm your testing equipment and your medications and have a negative impact on your body’s ability to produce and use insulin.

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 Tips For Travelling By Plane

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1.Food

Some people have found that if they request special diabetes meals on airlines, they get served meals that are very low in carbohydrate.

It is often best to order standard meals and to make healthy choices within that.

Always have some appropriate snacks with you also in case your flight or in-flight meal is delayed or the meal doesn’t have enough carbohydrate.

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2.Safety

The cabin staff need to know that you have diabetes and are on insulin (in case you get unwell during the trip).

Make sure you carry a supply of simple carbohydrate on you, such as glucose tablets, fruit juice or jelly beans. Also carry urine ketone testing strips.

3.Insulin

 

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The security scanners used at check-in will not damage your insulin or blood glucose meter.

Insulin is affected by extreme temperatures and should never be stored in the unpressurised baggage area of the aircraft.

Carry your insulin with you at all times. Wait until you see your food coming down the aisle before you take your injection. Otherwise, a delay in the meal could lead to you having a low blood glucose level.

Be aware of time zone changes and schedule your meals and medication accordingly.

If you choose to sleep while on board, use a travel alarm clock or ask the flight attendant to wake you at meal or medication time.

Having two watches often helps you keep track of time zone changes.

Keep one watch on the time of the country you have just left. This will enable you to remain very clear on when your next dose of insulin would have been due.

You can also accurately judge how much time has passed since you had your last insulin if you record your insulin doses against this time.

4.Insulin management and time zones

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Making dose changes to your insulin as you cross time zones is complex.

Work out a plan in conjunction with your specialist diabetes team, in advance, as to how you will manage your insulin doses.

A simple way that some people choose to manage their insulin crossing time zones, is to use short acting insulin only for the flight.

Once they get into the time zone of the country they are travelling to, they reintroduce the intermediate-acting insulin.

In this system, you dose with short acting insulin (actrapid or humulin R) every 4 – 6 hours (before snacks or meals which are taken at these times also) until you are established back onto your usual insulins in the new time zone.

Get advice, before you leave, on the dosages you need if you are using this system.

Other people adjust the dose of their intermediate insulin up or down according to whether the time zone change means that their day will be getting longer or shorter by more than 2 hours.

Get advice before you travel on a plan that will suit you.

If you are on an insulin pump make doubly sure that the safety plug (for waterproofing the pump when swimming) is NOT in your pump.

If you leave this plug in your pump when flying your pump can deliver wrong doses due to pressure changes in the atmosphere.

Otherwise, a pump is an ideal way to deliver your insulin across time zones as you can pump and dose for meals in the normal way with no real change to your dosages.

5.Avoid risks of blood clots in your legs

Keep up a good level of activity during your journey. Walk around in the terminal before boarding.

When you are booking your seat try to get an aisle seat.

Because you have diabetes you are more likely to develop blood clots in your legs.

To prevent this happening, it is essential that you get up and walk around in flight for a few minutes every hour while you are awake.

Doing simple stretching exercises when seated also helps.

Move your ankles in circles and point and release your toes often. This encourages good blood flow in your legs.

6.Blood glucose testing

Test your blood glucose levels frequently when travelling through time zones.

The timing of your eating and insulin administration will be changed.

It is also easy to mix up the effects of jet lag with either high or low blood glucose levels, so it pays to know what your glucose levels are doing.

Remember when you are tired it is easy to neglect your diabetes. But it is at these times that you need to know more about what is happening.

7.Once you’ve arrived

Once you arrive at your destination, store your insulin in the minibar in your hotel room or in one of the hotel’s refrigerators.

After a long flight, take it easy for a few days. Test your blood glucose often.

If you take insulin, plan your activities so you can work in your insulin and meals.

If you are more active than usual, your blood glucose could go too low.

Take along snacks when hiking or sightseeing. Don’t assume you will be able to find food wherever you are.

Tips for travelling by Ship

 

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With the wide array of mouth-watering foods available on cruise holidays, it’s easy for your diabetes management to get out of kilter.

Talk to your diabetes educator or dietitian before you leave about how you plan to deal with the food aspect of the trip.

It’s often helpful to get a sample menu from the cruise line so you can get an idea of the types of foods that will be served.

Cruise ships offer some great activities to help you stay active. These range from aerobics classes, swimming, gym workouts, dancing, or strolling the deck .

It’s a good idea to make the cruise staff aware of your diabetes in case any problems arise.

Keep a card or ID on you that states you have diabetes and that you are on insulin.

Because you are crossing time zones slowly, the changes in your insulin dosing times will happen gradually and usually without the need for planned changes.

Tips for travelling by Car

 

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Our “Driving with Diabetes” page contains practical information about what you need to look out for when you are driving, as well as some of the legal aspects of driving with diabetes.

Find out in advance the rules covering driving in the countries you will be visiting.

Test your glucose before and during driving and treat any low blood glucose levels promptly.

A small cooler is useful in the car. Be sure to leave enough space between the cooling element and the insulin and test strips when using a cooler. Your supplies should never be exposed directly to extreme cold.

 

Tips for travelling by foot (or other physically active means e.g. cycling or hiking)

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A holiday in the great outdoors can be a wonderful retreat from the pressures of everyday life. But there are a few things to consider before you go.

Here are some tips:

1.Avoid going camping or hiking alone.

2.Tell someone where you will be and when you expect to return, so you can be found if there is an emergency.

3.Carry all your insulin supplies . Make sure you carry an in-date glucagon kit and teach your travel companion when and how to use glucagon.

The key to enjoying a trip of this kind is to try to avoid things that may severely alter your blood glucose levels.

Be aware of safety and try to avoid sunburn, injuries, blisters, insect bites and contaminated food or water.

Make sure your footwear is sturdy and fits you well.

Don’t use brand new shoes to hike in, try them out before the trip.

4.Eat and drink enough to meet your needs.

Take extra food, water, medication and supplies of simple carbohydrate (e.g. glucose, sugar).

Hiking, cycling or kayaking nearly always means you are a lot more physically active than usual, so you may need to significantly reduce all your insulin doses.

You will also need to increase your carbohydrate food intake.

Have a good understanding of how to reduce your insulin to compensate for increased activity.

Your specialist diabetes team can help you with this before you go.

Travelling with a Insulin Pump Or Continuous Glucose Monitor

 

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If you treat your diabetes with a pump or use a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), it is recommended that you contact your airline prior to travel, if possible a few weeks before you fly.

Some airlines will require you to notify them of your medical equipment in advance and fill in additional paperwork before you fly.

Failure to do this can, in some cases, result in passengers not being allowed to board the aircraft with their pump or CGM.

Although insulin pump manufacturers indicate that pumps can safely go through airport security systems, pump wearers may request a visual inspection rather than walking through the metal detector or being hand-wanded.

Advise the screener that the insulin pump cannot be removed because it is connected to a catheter inserted under your skin.

Let screeners know if you are experiencing low blood sugar and are in need of medical assistance.

Insulin pumps and supplies must be accompanied by insulin with a label clearly identifying the medication.

You should also speak to your diabetes team – should you need to remove your pump for any reason, they can provide you with any extra equipment such as insulin pens and help plan your doses throughout your journey.

Caution around insulin pumps and CGM onboard aircraft is due to wireless functionality, which may interfere with aircraft communication and navigation systems.

If your pump or CGM cannot function without a wireless signal, then you may need to be prepared to remove your CGM and pump and administer insulin with an insulin pen for the journey.

You would also need to test your blood glucose levels manually with a standard blood glucose meter.

Also dont forget to pack extra insulin pump supplies (cleaning agents batteries, plastic tubing, infusion kit, catheter, and needles).

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 General Travel Tips

1.If you are travelling with a group, at least one of your travelling companions should be aware of your diabetes and understand what must be done if you experience a hypoglycaemic emergency.

Your travelling companion should be instructed on how to use glucagon in case of an emergency.

2.It is recommended that you carry an emergency ID card (diabetic ID card) in English and/or the language of the country where you are travelling.

3.Locate the nearest physician and/or hospital at each destination on your trip.

4.Before your trip ask your insulin manufacturer whether your insulin is available in the country or countries you will be visiting – possibly sold under a different name.

5.Ask your insurance provider whether your policy will cover the costs of any treatments you might need while abroad.

6.Test your blood glucose frequently. Your whole routine of activity and food is likely to be very different. The type of food you eat may also change.

Dont forget to bring spare batteries for your glucometer, spare lancing device, lancets, spare test strips,

Spare insulin pens, disposable syringes.


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7.Keep a daily record of insulin doses and test results (to help you identify any trends, and to help any medical advisors that you may need to see).

8.If you are having problems with your blood glucose levels, follow the guidelines you worked out with your team before you went away and/or contact a hospital or diabetes doctor in the area for advice.

9.If you do visit a hospital take along as much supporting documentation as you can (your medications, test results, travel/medical insurance forms etc.).

10.Some insulins have different names and are supplied in different strengths in other countries. If you have to use insulin from another country, make sure it is either the same strength as you are used to or a diabetes specialist has helped you make the necessary dose adjustments to take a different strength insulin.

11.Avoid using local needles if not sterile.

12.It’s smart to watch what you eat and drink when travelling. Avoid tap water overseas (including ice cubes made from tap water). Ask for a list of ingredients for unfamiliar foods.

 

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A Carbohydrate exchange book could be very helpful.

Some foods may upset your stomach and this may make your blood glucose management more difficult.

For more great Health and Nutrition Tips refer to the website Positivehealthwellness.com

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13.Wear comfortable shoes and never go barefoot. Check your feet every day. Look for blisters, cuts, redness, swelling, and scratches. Get medical care at the first sign of infection or inflammation on your feet.

You may not be able to leave your diabetes behind, but you can manage it and have a relaxing, safe holiday.Your self care is your travelling friend.

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