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EXPERT: Alum Shares Travel Tips for People with Diabetes

November 23, 2016

Planning ahead can save you lots of stress when it comes to managing your diabetes while traveling.

Planning ahead can save you lots of stress when it comes to managing your diabetes while traveling.

It’s officially the holiday season in the U.S., which for many people means one thing—travel. And for those who have diabetes, it can be a real headache: About 10 percent of people with diabetes experience problems with diabetic control while traveling.

Fortunately, a little extra planning can help keep potential issues at bay. For National Diabetes Awareness Month, endocrinologist Michael Marchese, MD (Ross Class of 2009) shared travel tips for people with diabetes—whether you’re going by air, sea or anything in between. Here’s a sampling:

  • Before you go: If you’ll be crossing time zones, you may need to adjust the timing of your insulin injections. Insulin pump users may consider changing to injections while on vacation, especially if vacationing at the beach, since not all pumps are waterproof and the sun may heat up the insulin inside it.
  • Packing for a flight: Don’t store your insulin in your checked luggage: The cargo hold can get very cold or even freeze, which would make the insulin ineffective.
  • Going somewhere warm? Avoid walking around barefoot on beaches. Sharp shells, bottle caps and similar items can cut your feet, which is a particular threat to diabetics who have peripheral neuropathy, a condition that results in a lack of sensation on the bottom of the feet. Without feeling, a cut could go unnoticed until it’s infected.

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Dr. Marchese is board certified in internal medicine. After graduating from Ross University School of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Stamford Hospital, where he was Chief Resident, followed by a fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Albany Medical Center. He practices at the Diabetes, Osteoporosis and Metabolism Center of Phelps Medical Associates in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

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