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Preparation key to diabetes management during air travel

Preparation key to diabetes management during air travel
May 26, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. — The mismanagement of diabetes during air travel can lead to adverse consequences, including hypoglycemia during eastward travel and hyperglycemia or diabetic ketoacidosis during westward travel, according to a speaker here.

“Travel disrupts people’s normal routines, whether that’s their diet or their [insulin] dosing times,” Rahul Suresh, MD, MS, a second-year resident at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said during a press conference at the AACE Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress. “In order to avoid complications with medication dosing, insulin and other diabetes medicines have to be taken at certain times, with respect to carbohydrate intake and overall calorie intake.”

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