Ah, the magic of getting away from it all! With proper planning, you can leave home with peace of mind and make the most of your holiday or getaway, even if you have diabetes.
Diabetes should not prevent you from travelling. But if you want to enjoy a worry-free trip, you will need to take certain precautions.
Bonjour! Hello! Hola! No matter which destination you choose, it is a good idea to learn a few diabetes-related words and phrases, such as “I have diabetes,” “Orange juice or sugar, please,” “Insulin,” or “hypoglycemia” in the local language. You will then be ready to communicate basic information if the need arises.
Here are a few points to consider depending on the choice of vacation spot, mode of transportation you use and nature of your trip.
In all cases, it is also a good idea to monitor your glycemia more closely throughout your trip.
We all want our mind to be at ease when we are on vacation. To avoid any unpleasant surprises if you get sick away from home, your best bet is to buy travel insurance.
Good to Know!
Depending on a person’s age, some insurance companies require that his or her condition or treatment be stable for 3 or 6 months, before providing coverage. In other words, someone with diabetes who has experienced a change in their condition or treatment (e.g. number of insulin units, type of insulin, number of daily injections) within that timeframe may not be eligible for insurance. Other conditions may apply.
So before purchasing travel insurance, be sure to ask about the types of coverage and exclusions associated with pre-existing conditions. This will help you determine whether you can keep your original travel date or whether you need to postpone your trip in order to be covered.
In addition to considering the purchase of travel insurance, here are other important things to take care of before you set off.
Here is a list of travel essentials you should have with you during your trip to keep your diabetes under control:
To be ready to deal with any situation, you should bring with you an additional one-week supply of insulin, oral diabetes medication and materials.
Remember to wear your medical identification bracelet (e.g. MedicAlert) to let emergency personnel know you have diabetes should an emergency arise.
For more information on managing diabetes while travelling, consult the Travel Guide for People with Diabetes, or the corresponding mobile application, both available on the Diabetes Quebec Website at www.diabete.qc.ca.
Do you have other questions on staying healthy while travelling? Feel free to ask your family pharmacists! They can answer your queries, tell you what to do if problems arise and help you prepare your travel health kit.
If you have diabetes, it is extremely important to properly control your blood glucose. If you are having difficulty reaching the targets set by your healthcare professional or if you experience bouts of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, speak with your family pharmacists. They can give you advice and recommend changes to your drug therapy, if need be.
Many Uniprix-affiliated pharmacies offer a blood glucose testing service and private consultations on diabetes management. Ask about these services.
*Certain conditions must be respected. Fees may apply. Ask a member of the pharmacy team for more information. Pharmacists alone are responsible for the practice of pharmacy. They offer related services only on behalf of pharmacist-owners.
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