Healthy Moments Episode

Be Ready to Fly with Diabetes

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Nov 25, 2013 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers talks about how people with diabetes should plan ahead for travel by plane.


If you have diabetes and you’re traveling by plane this holiday season, plan ahead for a good take off.

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

There are some important things you should do to prepare for your flight. Here are some tips:

  • Pack all your diabetes supplies in your carry-on luggage.
  • Carry enough prescription medications with you to last your entire trip – and extra to cover emergencies.
  • Bring enough food on board for the entire flight, even if meals will be served.
  • Carry or wear an ID explaining that you have diabetes.
  • Plan for time zone changes, so you know when to take your medications.

And, if you’re leaving the country, find out if immunizations are required, and make sure you get them on time.

To learn more tips to help you prepare for your flight, follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments​. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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