Travelling with type 1 diabetes is entirely possible – you just need to plan ahead and be prepared to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible. Here, are a few things to consider:
Before you go
During your trip
Some useful links:
Nutrition and Type 1 Diabetes
Consuming a healthy diet is essential for anyone, whether they live with diabetes or not. However, for individuals living with type 1 diabetes who need to manually correct their glucose levels, nutrition plays a key role in finding that balance, to maintain glucose levels within range. It’s important to understand the main nutrients which give us energy – carbohydrates, proteins and fats - how the body absorbs these nutrients, and how they affect BGLs.9 This is something we’ll delve into a little more now.
There are three main nutrient groups which give us energy:
There’s obviously a bit to think about with nutrition, so we’ve compiled some general factors to consider below:
Ultimately, some people living with diabetes may choose to eat a specific diet to help keep their BGLs within range, however there’s no ‘standard’ diet to follow for people living with type 1 diabetes. Before implementing a new diet regime, it’s important to consult a dietitian or nutritionist to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients you need.
Exercise and Type 1 Diabetes
It’s important to recognise that exercise can significantly impact glucose levels, causing levels to increase or decrease. This is because exercise causes your muscles to use more glucose.14 It is vital that individuals living with diabetes consider what type of exercise they will be doing and at what intensity, for how long and how this may affect their glucose levels so that they can adjust their management accordingly.
Many exercise factors can affect glucose levels such as the type of exercise performed. For example, many people participating in aerobic sports and exercise like swimming, road cycling and marathons will notice a reduction in their glucose levels.15 Whereas anaerobic exercise and sports like weightlifting, boxing and sprinting tend to increase glucose levels in the body.15 When it comes to mixed activities or team sports like AFL, soccer, netball and basketball – as these have elements of aerobic and anaerobic physical activity, typically their effect on glucose levels is a little different. Individuals living with type 1 diabetes may generally experience relatively stable glucose levels throughout the game or activity but then a drop in the hours after the exercise. 15 It’s important to note that every body reacts slightly different to exercise, and so it’s crucial that individuals talk to their healthcare team about how their body may respond to physical activity and what necessary precautions they need to take prior to exercising.
Other factors to consider when exercising:
Ultimately, it’s important that you chat to your healthcare team prior to starting a new exercise regime, however here are some additional tips to think about:
Other helpful resources:
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*Readings from Dexcom G6 can be viewed on one medical device (e.g. the t:slim X2 insulin pump or Dexcom Receiver) and one personal device (e.g. a compatible mobile phone). To view a list of compatible smart devices, visit www.dexcom.com/dexcom-international-compatibility
^Followers must separately download the Dexcom Follow App to view shared glucose information. A stable internet connection is needed to enable this Dexcom Share feature
#Control-IQ technology is not a substitute for active self-management of your diabetes. Dexcom G6 is required for this feature, and is sold separately
†The web-based Dexcom Clarity software is intended for use by both home users and healthcare professionals to assist people with diabetes in the review, analysis, and evaluation of historical CGM data to support effective diabetes management. It is intended for use as an accessory to Dexcom CGM devices with data interface capabilities. Caution: The software does not provide any medical advice and should not be used for that purpose. Home users must consult a healthcare professional before making any medical interpretation and therapy adjustments from the information in the software. Caution: Healthcare professionals should use information in the software in conjunction with other clinical information available to them.
Last Updated: 10th May 2023