With a population of around 72.9 million diabetics living in the country, India is among the top countries sharing the burden of diabetes around the world. Although living with diabetes is a constant struggle, it can be managed fairly well by judiciously following the diabetes management plan. When it comes to holidays, careful ahead of time planning is the key to avoid any kind of trouble for yourself, but what if you still face some issues. Following are the tips which you should keep in mind while you are travelling, in order to enjoy a complication-free vacation.
CONSTANT MONITORING: Travelling can affect your blood sugar in a number of ways. Crossing different time zones, level of stress, amount of exercise and diet changes are some of the major factors that can make your blood sugar level go haywire. It is crucial that you keep monitoring your blood sugar levels so that necessary steps can be taken whenever needed. Your glucometer can help you effectively keep track of any changes in your blood sugar levels.
AVOID INACTIVITY: People suffering from diabetes are at a higher risk of getting blood clots in the legs. During your vacation, you might travel on a plane, train or a car for long periods of time. Sitting for long durations can increase the risk of blood clots and it is important for you to get some light exercise regularly. You should get up from your seat and walk or just shake your legs for a couple of minutes every hour. Furthermore, diabetic or not regular movements of your body parts are really important for a healthy body.
STAY HYDRATED: You may also be prone to dehydration due to increased levels of blood glucose. It is important that you stay hydrated by regularly drinking fluids and water. Also, fruits are really helpful if in case you are not willing to have some water or do not have enough supply of. Make sure to eat watery and seasonal fruits from time to time.
DIET CHECK: While you might make plans to restrict your diet before reaching your destination, there might be times where you overindulge and lose track of your calculations. Make sure that you calculate the carbs and calories for any new dish you might try. It is easier for insulin patients to adjust their dosage compared to the patients who are on oral medicine.
You can never be prepared for all the complications but taking preventive measure for any major predictable complications can take a lot of your stress away and help you enjoy your travel in a relatively safer environment.
The article courtesy goes to DR. AROCKIA SILVIYA IRENE, Consultant, Diabetes and Endocrinology at Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science & Research, New Delhi.