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Travelling with Diabetes

Travelling can mean a lot of disruption, and we're not just talking about flight delays, transport delays, luggage delays, and body clock damage (damage sounds a lot worse than it is, but when you're jet lagged and waiting for your other flight which is delayed, you definitely feel damaged). Diet disruption can happen too, and whilst with most travellers this isn't usually an issue - they'll tend to grab the nearest greasiest burger or pad Thai going; for those whose diet is carefully controlled, like travellers with diabetes, travel disruption can be more damaging than usual.

Whilst backpacking or travelling with diabetes doesn't mean you should formulate a special meal plan and stick to it, it is a good idea to keep an eye on what you are eating in order to regulate healthy blood sugar levels to keep you going.

We know that you've got this, but just to be on the safe side, it's recommended that people travelling abroad, especially those with pre-existing medical conditions, take out good quality travel insurance to ensure that should anything happen whilst they are away, they are covered for any emergency medical attention they receive. Or, for example, if your insulin or test kit went missing, was damaged or was stolen, having an Alpha Travel Insurance policy could ensure you weren't left out of pocket.

 

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