The Diabetic Diet & Traveling : Top 7 Tips

If you have diabetes, traveling can be a health hazard when you are not prepared. Here are 7 top tips for packing, eating, exercise, and medication management.

1. Keep anything vital in your carry-on bag. As careful when you are at home things often change when you are away such as traveling for business, visiting friends or taking a well deserved vacation. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that you keep a small travel bag stocked with these essential items:
a. Your ID and Diabetics identity card with emergency numbers of your physicians
b. Insulin and extra syringes, test strips, lancets, sharps disposal container, etc for your trip
c. Blood testing supplies and urine testing strips with 1 set of extra batteries
d. Other medications with prescription labels attached as needed. It’s good to have some extra in case of delays. Keep all manufacturing labels attached.
e. Continue to monitor your blood sugar so you can detect potential problems early.

2. Be sure to alert the TSA that you have diabetes and wear your ID bracelet.

3. Diabetes and exercise: Wear comfortable shoes and pack workout clothing. Once you arrive to your destination, if unfamiliar inquire about safe areas to walk so you can continue your workout routine. Carry lightweight exercise resistance bands with you to work on flexibility and strengthening muscles.

4. Pack a healthy meal that doesn’t require refrigeration.

5. When dining out be sure to ask the waitress if you are not sure about how food has been prepared and to make recommendations. Look for foods that are grilled, broiled, roasted, steamed, and baked.

6. Avoid foods with thick sauces and gravy, fried, breaded, creamed or scalloped.

7. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

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