Diabetes Forecast

Cool Ideas for Staying Healthy This Summer


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Found in Translation

If you are traveling internationally, use Google Translate (above) to find a few key phrases in the language of the country you are going to. Some examples:

“I am a person with diabetes.”

“I am having low blood glucose; I need assistance and juice.”

“Where is the closest pharmacy?”

“I must keep my medication with me at all times.”

—Janet Howard-Ducsay, RN, BSN, CDE

Living in Phoenix, it gets very hot just waiting for the bus. To protect my insulin and blood glucose testing equipment, I put them in their own little plastic containers and store within my insulated cooler bag. If I’m out too long and the freezer packs [in my cooler bag] start to warm, I’ll go to a convenience store and get some free ice from the vending machine, put it in a plastic bag, and place that in my insulated bag to hold me over. —diabetes2112

When going on vacation, carry double of what you think you’ll need. Make sure you have your doctor’s phone number. Identify where you can get emergency care, and note any covered pharmacies you can use to pick up prescriptions. If you’re flying, keep all your diabetes supplies in your carry-on. Large travel toiletry organizers are good to store diabetes supplies for shorter trips. —mimikins

I love to sail, so vacation means being on the water and in the sun, which can really screw with your blood glucose. Going from semisedentary to moving around a 30-foot sailboat for hours means making time for more frequent glucose checks. I set my phone to alert me to check my glucose levels every two hours. I also ask friends to prompt me to check if they sense I’m acting a little off, getting irritable, or showing signs of fatigue. —Becky Blanton

When I’m traveling, I use an empty test strip vial to dispose of sharps: infusion set needles, pen needles, and lancets. The containers are made of very thick plastic and have a lid that seals quite securely. —Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

When I used to kayak during the summer, I’d strap a backpack cooler on the end of the kayak. We’d keep all our food and water in there, and I’d put my pens and meter in a Ziploc, then store that in the lid. That way they stayed cool, and the Ziploc kept everything dry. —Christel Oerum



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