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Living Well with Diabetes

When You’re on the Road Changes in your normal routine might make it harder to follow your meal plan and medication schedule. But with a little planning, you can manage diabetes anywhere you go. A diabetes “tool kit” can help you stay organized. See page 59 for a list of supplies to include. 55 When You’re Driving Medications that can cause low blood glucose may affect driving safety. Always check your blood glucose before you get started. If it’s low, eat or drink a snack to raise your blood glucose to above 70 mg/dL. If you feel symptoms of low blood glucose while driving, pull over so you can take action. Keep your diabetes supplies where you can reach them, not in the back seat, glove compartment, or trunk. Store medications, especially insulin, out of direct heat, such as sunlight. In case of emergency, always carry identification that says you have diabetes. When You’re Traveling About 1 month before your trip, ask your health care provider if you should have a checkup to make sure your diabetes is under control. Go over your schedule and talk about the medicines you take. Get any needed vaccines at least 1 month before your trip. Be prepared to manage your blood glucose everywhere you go. If you are flying, check with the airline for guidelines for traveling with supplies and medication, or contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Carry your travel kit, with your supplies clearly labeled. Keep it with you at all times, not inside checked baggage! Make sure you have identification with you that says you have diabetes. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Check your blood glucose often. And ask your diabetes team for advice if you are traveling across time zones.


Living Well with Diabetes
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