Health Tip: Prepare for Travel With Diabetes

(HealthDay News) -- Before you hit the road for the holidays, make sure your diabetes is under control and that you're prepared for emergencies.

Here are suggestions from the American Diabetes Association:

  • Before any long trip, visit your doctor and get a medical exam. If you need any vaccines, schedule them at least a month before you depart.
  • Get a letter from your doctor listing your medications and what they are for. Obtain any needed prescriptions.
  • If you're traveling internationally, compile a list of doctors in the host nation who speak your language.
  • Wear a medical ID bracelet that says you have diabetes.
  • Pack a carry on with all of your diabetes supplies, including extras. Make sure your insulin is packed appropriately.
  • Pack snacks to deal with possible instances of low blood sugar.
  • Make adjustments to your medication schedule if you change time zones.
  • Check your blood sugar frequently during the trip.

-- Diana Kohnle

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