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I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about six years ago. Typically, I experience hypoglycemic reactions about once or twice per month, and in most cases I have a reasonable explanation. However, during two exciting weeks in Barbados, I had one or two hypoglycemic reactions every day (mostly in the afternoon), and I couldn’t find any explanation.

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I have read recently that the American College of Obstetricians says that a pregnant woman may fly up to her 36th week of gestation, but a pregnant woman with diabetes should not fly. Can you explain why? This makes no sense to me, especially if she is in good control.

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My 14 year old son, who is on twice daily premixed insulin, is going on a four day canoe trip in a couple of weeks. I am thinking he will probably be going low a lot of the time from the exercise so I was wondering if we should be lowering his doses of insulin. If we lower the dose, would we leave the carbs the same?

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I am studying abroad in India and was wondering where in Bangalore I could purchase Humalog and/or NPH insulin in the event of an emergency.

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On a recent airplane trip, my friend, who has type 1 diabetes, became very ill (nausea,headaches, and disorientation). Could this be caused by the airplane ride? If so what remedies might you suggest? Is Dramamine acceptable?

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I will be traveling to Paris and Athens this summer. Is glargine available in both countries? What do I do about a prescription?

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If I go to Australia for six months to a year, how do I manage my diabetes while there? Do I need to take my insulin supplies with me?

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Looking through your travel questions, you have mentioned the Frio pack, and I am thinking of buying some for a year long trip to Australia. You mentioned that you were going to evaluate it. Can you let me know about the Frio wallets?

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Our seven year old son was diagnosed three months ago, and we’re travelling to Phuket, Thailand. Our concern is about possible care of gastric illness. How do we find out about standard of health care?

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I am thinking of doing some volunteer work which would take me to third-world countries. I was wondering how to find out which countries will have insulin supplies available as the posting would be for up to two years.

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