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Today's Tip: 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.

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Yesterday's Tip: 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, 2019: 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.

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December 6, 2019: How can I deal with delays and unexpected problems during my trip?

Take more supplies than you would normally need. A small pouch containing appropriate supplies such as pills, insulin, syringes, a blood glucose meter, and test strips will help you manage your diabetes through travel delays or lost luggage scenarios. A sandwich, packaged peanut butter and crackers, and glucose tablets or gel can be literal lifesavers when the vending machines are empty and the concessions are closed.

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December 5, 2019: Is it OK to pack insulin in my checked luggage?

No — you should never place insulin in your checked luggage, since it could be subjected to extremes of temperature that would degrade it.

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December 3, 2019: What can I show airport security if they question why I am carrying diabetes supplies?

Wearing medical ID that says you have diabetes may help. Additionally, a letter from your doctor noting the date, your name, the fact that you have diabetes, and listing all of the supplies and medicines you use should ease your way through security. Make several copies of the letter, and keep one with your identification or passport.

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December 2, 2019: Are there any special rules for bringing insulin delivery devices (syringes, pens, etc.) onto a plane?

Yes — the TSA allows syringes and other insulin delivery devices to be carried onto a plane only when accompanied by insulin.

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December 1, 2019: I’ll be going through airport security during the holidays. How should I pack my insulin?

If you’re carrying insulin (or an insulin pen), make sure you keep it in its original, pharmaceutically labeled box. This is a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirement.

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November 30, 2019: How can you make sure your diabetes will be taken into account if you are incapacitated?

It is a good idea for anyone with diabetes to wear a medical identification bracelet indicating that he has diabetes, just in case he is ever unable to speak for himself.

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November 29, 2019: What nutrients should I eat for healthy bones?

Adequate levels of many nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, and vitamin K, are necessary to build healthy bones. The most important of these are calcium and vitamin D.

Learn more about bone health here.