Firstly, what exactly is Type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is a disorder affecting the pancreas and our ability to metabolise carbohydrates. It is a progressive condition where the body becomes resistant to the normal effects of insulin, the hormone that is released to reduce blood glucose levels in response to eating carbohydrates, particularly simple sugars. Type 2 diabetes can also occur as a result of the body’s capacity to produce insulin by the pancreas being diminished.
What causes Type 2 Diabetes?
We don’t know what causes Type 2 diabetes but we do know that Type 2 diabetes is associated with modifiable lifestyle risk factors such as smoking, being overweight and being inactive. Type 2 diabetes also has strong genetic and family related risk factors.
Type 2 Diabetes and travel insurance
Having Type 2 diabetes should not stop Australians from having a great holiday, particularly as insure4less specialises in providing affordable travel insurance for travellers with pre-existing medical conditions.
For your own peace of mind, you can relax knowing that you have the protection of one of the world’s largest insurers and medical emergency teams to support you whilst overseas if you suddenly suffer from a Type 2 diabetes related illness.
We ask you to declare your Type 2 diabetes when completing your online application for travel insurance following which we will tell you if you have any additional premium to pay and then, when you receive your policy via email it will confirm in writing exactly what you are covered for. You can then simply enjoy your travels and relax.
Here are just a few Type 2 diabetes travel tips:
- When flying, ensure that you put any Type 2 diabetes medication in your carry on luggage – and pack extra to allow for delays. Make sure that your prescription tablets are clearly labelled with your name and the dosage information.
- If you use insulin and are flying, advise the flight staff that your medication requires refrigeration or a carry on cooler bag.
- Carefully monitor your blood glucose levels before, during and after your flight. Carry some fast acting glucose tablets or jelly beans in case there is the need to lift your blood sugar levels quickly.
- Select healthy options when eating out wherever possible and drink plenty of water.
- Don’t forget to exercise on the plane (select an aisle seat if you can) and do plenty of walking after you arrive.
- Advise any tour operators that you suffer from Type 2 diabetes and have medication on hand should it be required.
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