Diabetic Living - - Welcome - Dr Sul­tan Linjawi, en­docri­nol­o­gist Email your ques­tions to: di­a­bet­i­cliv­[email protected]­fic­ Post: Di­a­betic Liv­ing, Q&A: Health, GPO Box 7805, Syd­ney, NSW 2001.

I am go­ing over­seas on hol­i­day and need some ad­vice as, now on in­sulin in­jec­tions, I am wor­ried about trav­el­ling.

Sul­tan says: First of all, make sure you get a travel let­ter from your doc­tor that states you are on in­sulin and need to keep sup­plies with you at all times. This can re­ally help when go­ing through cus­toms. Se­condly, you need to buy a cou­ple of cold packs to store in­sulin to keep it within tem­per­a­ture. I rec­om­mend tak­ing ex­tra in­sulin and split­ting it be­tween your hand lug­gage and suit­cases just in case.

Ho­tels usu­ally have fridges in which you can store your sup­plies. If not, ask for one to be sent to your room. But be care­ful – you don’t want it to freeze. Stor­ing on the door or mid­dle front is best.

The last thing to con­sider is chang­ing time zones and ad­just­ing in­sulin in­jec­tions. Usu­ally it’s best to keep to the time of your des­ti­na­tion. Move your long-act­ing in­sulin a few hours per day and take short-act­ing in­sulin with meals. Re­mem­ber to keep hypo packs with you and test your BGLs.

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