Healthy Moments Episode

Holiday Travel Starts with Good Planning

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Nov 11, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers provides people with diabetes tips on how to travel and stay healthy.


​If you have diabetes, the key to easy, stress-free travel during the holidays is good planning.

Hi, I’m Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH. 

Whether you’re traveling by bus, train, or plane, follow these tips for good health: 

  • Bring extra diabetes medications and supplies. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Check your blood sugar often. Changes in diet, activity, and time zones can affect your blood sugar.
  • Follow your meal plan as much as possible. Always pack an extra snack in case you can’t eat at your regular time.
  • Keep good circulation. Don’t sit for too long – get up and move around every hour or two.
  • Protect your feet. Remember to wear comfortable shoes that fit right, and never go barefoot anywhere.

To learn more tips for traveling with diabetes, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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