New Delhi: Planning a vacation this Holi? Try including diabetes needs in travel plans to be safe than sorry. And do go easy on those ‘gujiyas’.
Here are some tips that you can follow while planning your Holi trip. Before leaving for the trip, it will be best to locate the nearest hospital and pharmacy at your destination and if possible call and enquire if they stock diabetic drugs.
It would also be a good idea to carry along with you a current list of medications and insurance cards to have ready for use if you were to need these facilities. To handle last-minute delays and cancellations, it being an extended Holi weekend, it would be prudent to carry your own water and homemade food. As far as possible avoid eating street food.
Another sensible suggestion is to keep ready a sugar source like glucose tablets or non-perishable juice boxes because untreated hypoglycemia is a medical emergency and can be life-threatening.
One should also always carry medications as unexpected delays in travel plans could prevent access to baggage. A backup glucose meter and extra metre batteries should be kept handy for the unexpected with extra supplies and medications just in case.
Wearing medical identification is a recommendation that people with diabetes should follow. The medical ID can be worn in the form of a bracelet, necklace or shoe tag so that in case of an emergency the medical professionals can make quicker and faster decisions.
Here’s wishing you a safe and happy Holi!

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