Health professionals in Lancashire are encouraging people with diabetes to make sure they travel safely this summer by managing their medication carefully.
The summer months are the most popular time for families and friends to get away whether it is a holiday abroad or somewhere closer to home. The Diabetes Team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging members of the public living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who are planning a trip to ensure they have researched the area they are visiting and can plan accordingly for their medication needs.
Pam Tetlow from the Diabetes Service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“At this time of year, it’s so important to make sure members of the public with diabetes know the effects that weather and travelling can have on their condition. Many people will be familiar with these precautions, but it’s still critical to communicate the message about travelling safely and getting to know your body, so you stay healthy and fit. If you need advice about any of the above or to talk to someone, contact the local team responsible for your care.”
Top tips to remember when travelling:
- Insulin freezes, so if you are flying, you need to carry your insulin in your hand luggage along with a note from your GP or your local diabetes service for security purposes
- Heat increases the rate insulin is absorbed by your body
- Different time zones will affect your normal meal times
- Always check your insurance will fully cover any issues you may have relating to diabetes whilst abroad
- Look after your feet whilst on holiday ensuring you do not walking barefoot on the sand and always use sun cream on your feet to avoid sun burn
You can find out more about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes at www.diabetes.org.uk. The website offers support, information and advice on managing your diabetes. You can find out more about the services we offer by visiting www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk and visiting the services tab from there, or contact our Blackburn with Darwen Diabetes team on 01254 283886 or our Central Lancashire team on 01772 777620.