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Challenges and risks of traveling with diabetes

by IBD Medical on February 20, 2023

Traveling with Diabetes

As a person with diabetes, traveling can be both exciting and daunting. On one hand, you have the opportunity to see new places and experience new cultures. On the other hand, you have to be extra cautious and proactive in managing your diabetes while on the road.

One of the biggest challenges of traveling with diabetes is managing your blood sugar levels. You may have to adjust your meal times, insulin doses and physical activity based on your destination’s time zone and the availability of food. This can make it difficult to keep your blood sugar in the target range.

Another challenge is access to medical supplies and medications. You may find that the type of insulin or glucose meter that you use is not available in your destination. It is always best to carry extra supplies in a separate travel case or orginizer  as well as extra medications, along with a doctor’s note and prescription in case you need to refill your prescriptions while traveling.

Additionally, changes in climate and altitude can also affect your blood sugar levels. High altitude can make your insulin work faster, leading to hypoglycemia. On the other hand, hot and humid climates can lead to dehydration, which can also cause hypoglycemia. It is important to drink plenty of water, monitor your blood sugar levels frequently, and adjust your insulin doses as needed. Make sure that all your medication is stored at the required temperature if needed you can always use an insulin cooling bag such as the Glucology Insulin Cooler or Frio

Food is another factor that can impact your diabetes management while traveling. It is important to be mindful of the type of food you are eating and the portion sizes. You may find that the local cuisine is high in sugar, carbohydrates, and fats, which can raise your blood sugar levels. It is always best to opt for healthier options, such as grilled chicken or fish, vegetables, and a moderate amount of carbohydrates.

Another risk of traveling with diabetes is the potential for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This can occur when you miss a meal, engage in physical activity, or take too much insulin. To prevent hypoglycemia, it is important to carry snacks, such as fast acting GlucoChews or candy, and monitor your blood sugar levels frequently.

Finally, there is the risk of losing your medical supplies and equipment while traveling. This can be especially stressful if you are in a remote location or if your supplies are essential for your well-being. To reduce this risk, it is always best to keep your medical supplies and equipment close to you, such as in your carry-on bag or in a fanny pack.

Traveling is fun and traveling with diabetes requires careful planning and preparation. It is important to take steps to manage your blood sugar levels, access to medical supplies and medications, and other potential risks while on the road. With a little extra effort and preparation, you can still enjoy all the benefits of traveling while keeping your diabetes under control.


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Please remember, it is important to consult with a doctor or diabetes healthcare professional for personalised advice and guidance on how to manage diabetes. 

Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.

Welcome to Glucology by IBD Medical !

It all began in 2016 when our founder wanted to make daily life easier by simplifying diabetes management. He realised that IBD Medical had the potential to ease the burden of people living with diabetes and empower them. This was when Glucology was born in 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Glucology was created by IBD Medical and designed to provide stylish, discrete and innovative solutions for people living with diabetes. It gives people access to a bespoke line of support products at an affordable price.