Today's Tip: Are there any long-term complications of untreated celiac disease?

Yes — long-term complications of untreated celiac disease (an intolerance to gluten) include osteoporosis, fertility problems, and benign or malignant tumors of the small intestine.

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Yesterday's Tip: I have various dietary restrictions related to my diabetes. Can I still go on a cruise?

Yes — in fact, there’s no better place than a cruise ship if you have dietary restrictions. Just let the maître d’ know what you need. You’ll get to preview the next day’s menu, make your choice, and the chef will, if possible, alter the recipe to meet your needs.

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.

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December 14, 2017: I always get stiff on long flights. Is there anything I can do to avoid this?

Yes — do stretching exercises on the plane and walk up and down the aisle every hour to prevent muscle stiffness.

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.

December 13, 2017: How can I prepare so that I stay healthy for my trip?

Get a good night’s sleep before departure, and consider postponing the flight if you have a cold or any other illness that may affect your diabetes.

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.

December 12, 2017: How can I reduce the effects of jet lag?

Minimize jet lag with a few preventive measures: Before you fly, try to reduce stress, get plenty of exercise, and eat a nutritious preflight meal. Also, be aware that jet lag can mimic the symptoms of high or low blood glucose. The only way to know for certain which you are experiencing is to check your blood glucose regularly.

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.

December 11, 2017: I’m worried about how to handle dining out during my upcoming trip. What can I do?

In hotels, restaurants, or cruise ship dining rooms, don’t be afraid to ask for choices that are not shown on the menu. The worst the waiter can say is “no.”

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.

December 10, 2017: How can I dispose of my used sharps while on a train or plane?

Never leave your used sharps in a wastebasket or in a seat pocket. Someone could get stuck later. Try carrying a clear water bottle with a screw cap to use as a temporary sharps container. Anyone handling it later will be protected from being stuck.

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.

December 9, 2017: How can I protect against hypoglycemia while I am traveling?

Always carry a source of glucose such as hard candy, glucose tablets, regular soda, or fruit juice to deal with an unexpected drop in blood glucose.

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.

December 8, 2017: How can I prepare to manage my diabetes on an upcoming cruise?

If you’re going on a cruise, plan on bringing enough diabetes supplies to last you throughout your trip — plus extra for “just in case.” The ship will not have a pharmacy.

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.

December 7, 2017: What should I do if I will be crossing time zones?

If you’re going to be crossing time zones, consult your doctor before your trip, preferably with your itinerary in hand, about how to adjust your insulin or other medicines.

Learn more about traveling with diabetes here.