Endocrinology Book


Travel in Diabetes Mellitus

Aka: Travel in Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetes Mellitus Related Travel Concerns
  1. See Also
    1. Diabetes Sick Day Management
    2. First Aid Travel Kit
    3. Immunization in Travelers
    4. DVT Prevention in Travelers
    5. Air Travel Restriction
    6. Medication-Related Travel Restrictions
    7. Travel Preparation
  2. Preparation: Supplies
    1. Glucose Meter with test strips, Alcohol swabs
    2. Insulin Supplies (pens or vials and syringes, needles)
    3. Glucose tablets, sucking candies, snacks and other Glucose sources
  3. Management
    1. Request diabetic meals (or consistent carbohydrates)
    2. Check Blood Sugars throughout long flights, and at least at 10 hours after last Insulin dose
    3. Keep snacks and Glucose sources available in case of Hypoglycemia
    4. Modify Insulin regimen per time zones
      1. Lower Insulin Dosing may be needed when traveling east
      2. Higher Insulin or repeated dosing may be needed when traveling west
  4. References
    1. Powell-Dunford (2021) Am Fam Physician 104(4): 403-10 [PubMed]

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