Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for June 2018.
Travel Planning Advice for the Holiday Period
The summer months are here and it's important to consider planning to ensure your long-awaited holiday time goes to plan. Key points to consider:
- Check if you need to have vaccinations when going abroad
- If you’re taking insulin, check what insulin will be available in the country you’re visiting
- It’s important to plan for the journey as well as for your destination. For example, think about the food that will be available to you when you’re travelling and test your blood glucose (sugar) more often than usual
Remember to keep your testing equipment somewhere that’s easily accessible during travel
- Take a letter from your diabetes team that explains the types of insulin and the devices that you use
- If you’re flying, store insulin in hand luggage, as it can freeze in the hold of the plane
- You are entitled to an additional medical bag. If in doubt contact your airline in advance
- If you cross time zones, keep your injections and meals to your own watch times
Change your watch on arrival and when you arrive back home
- Remember that if you travel west, the day is longer, so you may need more food and insulin/tablets. If you travel east, the day is shorter, so you may need less food and insulin/tablets
- Take adequate supplies of your medication for the journey, and allow for delays
- Make sure you have enough carbohydrate to last if you are delayed
- Your diabetes team will give you in-depth advice on how to manage your medication on your journey.
Once you have arrived:
- Keep your insulin in a cool place and out of direct sunlight (e.g. in a cool bag or fridge), but make sure it doesn’t freeze.
- Monitor your blood glucose (sugar) control – a warm climate can cause blood glucose to drop and you may need less medication
- Consider which hypo treatment to carry with you
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Don’t walk barefoot on hot sand or other surfaces
- Consider your footwear and look after your feet
For more advice, follow the link below:
Health Information Week
Next month from 2nd to 8th July sees the launch of Health Information Week 2018. This is a campaign to promote the good quality health resources that are available to the public. For more information and to get involved, see the following link:
My Diabetes My Way Mobile App
Last month we let you know that the My Diabetes My Way mobile app is due to be launched over the next few weeks to help you manage your diabetes records. We are currently running final tests with the first patients now providing early feedback before the official launch. We will keep you updated on progress and let you know when it is available for you to download.
We would like to thank you for your ongoing support.
The mydiabetes*myway team