Travelling with diabetes



A bit of a trial for anyone, there's an extra level of anxiety

when travelling with diabetes. Here's some tips, tricks and

advice for a smooth journey and a happy holiday.


oing overseas now

inevitably involved

passing through

security, which is fair

enough, but we have

to do it while keeping our insulin safe (ie.

taking liquids onboard), carrying sharps

(needles, lancets) or we may even

be wearing a medical device (insulin

pumps, and particularly CGM, which

incorporates a transmitter). These mean

a 'pat down' by a member of border

control is almost a dead-cert. It's so

inevitable, there's no point in resisting,

objecting or being bothered. Just be

prepared and go for it.

Keep your kit with you. You could pack

spares into luggage that goes in the hold,

but all insulin and other medications are

best kept right where you are, you would

not want to be separated from them

should your luggage end up at another

destination than your own, and insulin

can not go in the hold as it could freeze

even on short flights, which will render it

inactive. It should be fine carried in your

hand luggage and kept with you; there

is no need to refrigerate nor necessarily

to keep it cool, though items like a Frio

bag help keep it safe. Keeping it cool only

really matters if you destination is very hot,

or if you are waiting in a hot airport.

None of the insulin pump suppliers

have done the necessary tests with X-ray

to prove that their devices are not affected

by going through X-ray. To be on the safe

side, take it off, keep it in your hand,

and show it to the security personnel

explaining it is an insulin pump. They are

likely to swab it, but they should know

what an insulin pump is, even if they may

not have seen one before. Likewise, it is

possible that repeated exposure to X-rays

may affect insulin effectiveness, and air

cabin pressure may affect accuracy of

dosing on a pump. In the main however,

occasional flights should not lead to

trouble so don't worry, just take care and

keep blood testing.

CGM is a little more complicated, as

you are wearing a transmitter, plus should

your glucose be too high or low you would

have to deal with the alarms should they

go off. Having said that, if you need that


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