Summertime: Be Prepared
By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com
Summer will soon be here so many have already started planning for vacation. When you live with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, the best way to stay in control is to plan ahead. The National Diabetes Education Program and the American Diabetes Association offer tips for traveling with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes.
Before your trip, especially if it is an extended one, visit your doctor for a medical check-up. Ensure that the medications you are taking are still the right ones to control blood sugar. Have the doctor write a prescription just in case your personal bags that contain your medication are lost or damaged.
If you do not already have one, order a medical ID bracelet or necklace or keep detailed information about your medical condition in your wallet. If there is an emergency where you cannot speak for yourself, these will help medical personnel best care for you. For those with complicated medical histories, such as multiple conditions and medications, consider ordering a compact USB drive to carry that includes a full detailed description of your medical needs.