In last month’s edition of Diabetes Bites, we asked how travel usually impacts your glucose control. Here’s how you responded:
17% It really doesn’t affect it at all.
67% I usually run higher when I travel
8% I usually run lower when I travel
0% It depends on the type of travel – higher on business trips, lower on vacations
8% It depends on the type of travel – lower on business trips, higher on vacations
Looks as though the vast majority of you tend to run on the high side when traveling. It is probably related to a combination of higher-fat food, more sitting, and perhaps some extra stress. In most cases, it is perfectly fine to run a little higher than usual during occasional excursions (that’s why they call them “vacations”). But if you find yourself on the road a great deal and would like some practical tips for managing glucose when you travel, set up some time to discuss it with your diabetes care & education specialist. A number of strategies are available to insulin users, including adjustments to basal insulin / glucose targets, and maintaining at least some physical activity when traveling.
THIS MONTH’S NEW SURVEY QUESTION:
One thing we’ve developed a great deal of respect for in the diabetes field is the power of quality sleep. Diabetes and sleep can certainly affect one another, both positively and negatively. This was reinforced by the overwhelming support of “A Good Night’s Sleep” during our recent Diabetes “March Madness” Brackets.
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