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Our family is planning a trip to France, Switzerland, England, and Italy this summer. Where can I get information about medical care for our son who has diabetes, should the need arise?

December 30, 2004
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My teen son will be traveling to Japan and will stay with a Japanese family. How can we make sure others know how to deal with any medical emergencies?

October 9, 2004
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At a recent physical, my fasting glucose was slightly elevated. My A1c was 5.5% and fasting insulin was 3.5, abnormal, low. What does this mean?

September 15, 2004
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How risky is it for someone with type 1 diabetes to journey to India?

August 25, 2004
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How should my brother adjust his Lantus and NovoLog for a trip from Hong Kong to Los Angeles?

August 21, 2004
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I am going backpacking for the first time since I got my pump. Are there special precautions I should take? Where can I place my canulas? I am thin and cannot use my abdomen because of my pack.

July 21, 2004
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My daughter was just diagnosed with type 1 last week. How can we measure and avoid the temptation of all the food on board?

July 8, 2004
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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?

June 30, 2004
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I plan to travel to South America and Asia in the next year. If I lose my diabetes supplies, can I get them in these countries? What do I do if I need to get a different kind of insulin?

April 26, 2004
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We are going to the beach for vacation. How do we keep sand out of the pump?

March 29, 2004
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On a recent trip to an amusement park, our bags were searched and we were told we could not take in our emergency “low packs, ” such as juice and snacks. How is this possible? Is this legal?

March 16, 2004
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My son uses an insulin pump and we are planning a road trip to Florida, to include the beach and Disney. Should I try to keep his diabetes supplies cool in the car? How do we keep the pump cool in warm weather?

March 15, 2004
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After a recent flight, I noticed my post meal blood sugars were a bit high. When I checked my insulin pens, all three had little pressure. Could this have something to do with the cabin pressure of the flight? Is there a fix for this?

March 3, 2004
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We were told to take our son, who has type 1 diabetes, to the emergency room if he vomits. How do we handle this if we take him on a cruise?

March 3, 2004
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My wife and I are planning a world tour. Do you know how I can ship insulin cartridges to relatives we plan to visit?

February 20, 2004
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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.

December 24, 2003
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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.

October 14, 2003
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My husband has a chance to go to Mexico City to live and work next summer for two years and wants to take myself (type 2 diabetes) and our eight year old son with him. Due to the high altitude of Mexico City and the pollution, is there any reason I should not be able to go with them?

September 12, 2003
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I am looking for a mini portable insulin cooler that is battery powered only. I need it for camping where there is no electricity.

August 30, 2003
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My one year old son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes about two weeks ago, we are planing a trip for the first time, and I need to know what I need to do to make sure he will be okay. It is a 14 hour drive, and we will be at the beach, and on the go. What should I watch for?

August 15, 2003
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