Diabetes currently affects over 120 million people across the globe. These are people with lives which they wish to live to the best of their abilities.
Having diabetes does not mean one should avoid doing things they wish to do in life – especially travelling. As long as your sugar is controlled, your doctor should have no problem giving you the go ahead with your travel plans.
But when you do travel, it is always a good idea to carry a few things with you. Here are some of the essential things you need to carry.
Make sure you carry shoes that are comfortable and support your arch well. Foot care is of utmost importance in the management of diabetes. Foot injuries can lead to infections that require prolonged courses of antibiotics to treat them. Choose a good quality shoe, ideally a branded one with a soft sole and comfortable fit.
2. Glucose powder
Living with diabetes means that there are times when your blood sugar levels will not be under control. Some times, sugar levels can drop well below the normal range, leading to symptoms of hypoglycemia. It is easy to treat hypoglycemia in an instant by ingesting a fistful of glucose powder. Carry this with you where ever you go in your back pack. Alternatively, give the glucose powder to your travel buddy to carry with them.
3. A glucose checking device
Knowing when to call for help is important in diabetes. There are times when you might feel a little awkward but are not sure whether this is due to your sugar levels or now. If you carry with you a glucometer i.e. a glucose checking device, you can ensure that you can keep an eye on your blood sugar levels in a matter of seconds. This can help you seek medical attention sooner rather than later.
4. Medical ID
Having a medical ID tag over your wrist or in your wallet can be a life saver. In the event of an emergency, a passer by can easily identify that you have diabetes and may be able to assist you in the right way. Not just that, you will also be able to help paramedical and medical staff in emergency situations. Your doctor will be able to provide you a medical ID tag.
5. Your prescription
Your prescription is probably the most important thing for you to carry with you when you travel. It has your details in it and also contains a list of additional medications you may be taking.
These 5 items are important if you have diabetes and are thinking of travelling. Don’t let diabetes get in the way of you leading a normal life.