Sound advice for diabetes sufferers off on holiday

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With holiday season approaching many of the 3.3 million people living with diabetes in the UK will be looking forward to a deserved break in the sunshine or planning a long weekend away.

If you or your child has diabetes the condition will be going on your holiday with you, but there’s no reason for it to slow anyone down provided you do some advance preparation.

Diabetes UK has loads of useful travel advice at including handy tips about carrying a letter from your doctor and packing extra medication.

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

There is also detailed information about how to plan ahead to avoid any issues with airports and airlines if you are taking an insulin pump or continuous glucose monitor with you.

For people living with Type 2 diabetes, Diabetes UK’s online e-learning programme, ‘Type 2 Diabetes and Me’, includes a whole section about how to manage your condition while on holiday. This resource can be accessed for free at

Call Diabetes UK’s Careline on 0345 1232399.

Stephen Ryan

Regional Manager, Diabetes UK