HOLIDAYS: Advice about diabetes

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With peak holiday season fast approaching many of the 3.5 million people living with diabetes in the UK will be looking forward to a well-deserved break in the sunshine or planning a long weekend away.

Sadly, diabetes never takes a holiday but the good news is it doesn’t need to spoil yours. Preparation can make all the difference.

Diabetes UK has loads of useful travel advice at diabetes.org.uk/travel including handy tips about carrying a letter from your doctor, packing extra medication and how to store your supplies.

Other suggestions include taking a letter from your healthcare professional which explains you have diabetes and carrying a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if you are travelling to a European Union member country – this will ensure you have easy access to healthcare in that country.

If you are not sure what sort of food you should be eating on holiday Diabetes UK’s Enjoy Food section has helpful tips and advice about popular holiday destinations and how to manage your diet so you don’t miss out. Go to https://www.diabetes.org.uk/holiday-eating

For more information and advice you can also call Diabetes UK’s Helpline on 0345 123 2399. In the meantime, I’d like to wish everyone a safe journey and a fantastic holiday.

Stephen Ryan

Head of the North,

Diabetes UK