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Doctor Is In: Summertime Living & Traveling with Diabetes

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WJBK - Deena Centofanti hosted a live chat room on Wednesday talking about how to deal with diabetes while vacationing or traveling in the summer.  Use the chat room replay to see the questions that were posed by Fox 2 viewers and the answers given by the experts listed below.  There's also video explaining common ideas and concepts.

Jessica Shill, M.D. Endocrinologist, Henry Ford Hospital

Dr. Shill is senior staff physician in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Bone & Mineral Disease at Henry Ford Hospital. She specializes in endocrine disorders, including thyroid and parathyroid disease, with a special emphasis on diabetes and diabetes during pregnancy.
She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Endocrinology & Metabolism. Dr. Shill received her medical degree from Wayne State University and completed her post-graduate education at the University of Michigan and Duke University Medical Center.
Davida Kruger, MSN, C.D.N.P.
Certified Nurse Practitioner Specializing in Diabetes, Henry Ford Hospital

Davida is a Certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in diabetes in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Bone & Mineral Disease at Henry Ford Hospital, where she's worked for over 30 years.

She is board-certified by the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center in both Primary Care and Advanced Diabetes Management. She has been a principal investigator on numerous research projects and has written widely on diabetes care, authoring the book "The Diabetes Travel Guide 2nd edition (2006)."

Learn more:

·    More than 26 million Americans, or 8.3% of the population, have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association.
·    The incidence of diabetes in 2012 was 1.7 million new diagnoses a year.
·    In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes.
·    Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.
·    About 208,000 Americans under age 20 are estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, approximately 0.25% of that population.
·    The total cost of diagnosed diabetes: $245 billion ($176 billion for direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity).

* Diabetes in Michigan
·    About 760,000 people in Michigan (10 percent of the population) have been diagnosed with diabetes; another 250,000 go undiagnosed.
·    Since 2001, the prevalence of diabetes has risen by 40 percent among Michigan adults.

* Summertime Living with Diabetes
·    Diabetes makes it harder for your body to handle high heat and humidity, so people with diabetes need to take extra precautions.
·    You may need to make changes in your medication and what you eat and drink when temperatures rise.
·    People with diabetes have an impaired ability to sweat, which put them at risk for heart-related illness and dehydration.
·    Heat also can harm the effectiveness of diabetes medications and supplies, so be sure to read the drug`s package insert, which includes information about proper temperatures for storage.

*Traveling with Diabetes
·    The key for traveling with diabetes is to be prepared and plan ahead.
·    Diabetes Supplies: For air travel, always carry-on all of you medications (keep all medications and supplies with you, and make sure everything is labeled); never pack anything in a suitcase that you will need to care for your diabetes.
·    Medications: Keep copies of all prescriptions with you and, if traveling within the U.S., get prescriptions from a chain pharmacy so you can fill them anywhere. Be sure to keep medications at the recommended temperature.
·    Back-Up Supplies & Medications: Even if it's an overnight trip, don't underestimate the need for back-up supplies; always bring extra supplies and medication with you.
·    Meet with Your Health Care Team: If you need changes in your medication or travel letters, be sure to schedule an appointment at least 2- 4 weeks before your trip.
·    Food & Water: Be ready for low blood sugar and bring food with you. Consider bringing glucose tablets with you and make sure you stay well hydrated.
·    Protect your feet: Keep a pair of comfortable shoes with you at all times; never bring new shoes on a trip. And, wear shoes for all water activities.
·    Time Zone Changes: If you're traveling to a different time zone, be sure to adjust the timing of your medications accordingly.
·    Medic Alert ID: Experts also suggest wearing a medic alert ID stating that you have diabetes.

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