Healthy Moments Episode

Traveling with Diabetes

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May 28, 2012 | Download Audio

Dr. Rodgers tells people with diabetes to plan ahead for summer vacations, and provides travel tips.


Summer is a great time for a vacation, and if you have diabetes, you should plan ahead.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers, bringing you Healthy Moments. I'm the director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH.

If you have diabetes and are traveling, follow these tips:

  • Bring extra diabetes medicines and supplies.
  • Keep your insulin in an insulated bag to keep it from freezing or getting too hot.
  • Check your blood sugar often—carry snacks like fruits or crackers in case it drops too low.
  • Take enough food when flying to last the entire flight. And,
  • Move around every few hours.
  • And always keep these things handy:
    • your health insurance card
    • a doctor's note stating that you have diabetes and need to carry medical supplies
    • and emergency phone numbers

For more information, visit our website at NIDDK​. And now you can follow us on Twitter, @healthymoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers. Join me next week for more Healthy Moments.

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