Traveling Tips for Type 2 Diabetes

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-06-17 08:49:40 -0500
Started 2013-06-17 08:49:40 -0500

Vacation time is here and I came across a couple of discussions here where people were asking about what to do to prepare for their summer vacations. I got this article in my email today and found it to be very through. It gives a lot of tips that I had not even considered such as organizing your meds in your travel bags so that the TSA doesn't have to rummage through your suitcase.

By Everyday Health

Put the fun back into your travels with these steps for managing type 2 diabetes away from home.

By Wyatt Myers
Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH

Going on a vacation should be fun, but there’s always some stress in the event: Getting the house ready to leave, packing for the trip without forgetting anything, and of course, dealing with the airport and other travel headaches.

For people who have type 2 diabetes, there are even more preparations to consider. While away from home, you may encounter new foods, be in a new time zone, or not have access to your medications. In addition, traveling can disrupt your daily routine. All this can make controling blood sugar levels a little more challenging, but if you’re equipped with the necessary information and enough diabetes medication and other supplies, traveling with type 2 diabetes can be a snap.

The first challenge you might face is in the airport security line, says Betul Hatipoglu, MD, a physician in the Cleveland Clinic’s department of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. According to the Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) guidelines for 2011, sharp objects and liquids greater than 3.4 ounces are not allowed in carry-on bags. However, if you take injectable medication, you’ll need to carry diabetes supplies such as syringes and insulin — all red flags for security personnel at an airport.

While there are exceptions to the TSA rules for people with diabetes and other health conditions, the reality is that if you’re carrying diabetes supplies, it may take more time to get through airport security.

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