When Traveling With Diabetes, Preparation Counts

According to the ADA, even those who do not test frequently at home should test themselves at least every four to six hours while traveling. They should also keep themselves well hydrated with nonalcoholic, caffeine-free beverages throughout their flight.

And Frank has one more point of advice that he says he'd share with anyone with diabetes who intends to board a flight.

"It doesn't hurt to make the person next to you aware of your condition," he says.

*Name changed to protect privacy.

For tips from the ADA for people with diabetes who are planning travel, visit http://diabetes.org/pre-diabetes/travel/when-you-travel.jsp.

For details on security guidelines with regard to the needs of people with diabetes, visit http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/editorial_1374.shtm#3.

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