If you travel frequently for work, you know that business trips can be accompanied by a great deal of stress. Business travel with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes can be even more challenging: while worrying about courting a new client or giving a big presentation, you have to make sure that you eat right, exercise, and keep your blood glucose levels under control.
Follow these tips to make sure that you excel at taking care of business—and taking care of yourself.
Jet lag can make it difficult for you to sense that your glucose levels are too high or too low, so try to find time to rest right after you de-plane.
However, remember that you may be exerting yourself a lot more than usual, so cut back on your usual exercise regimen if you plan to do a lot of walking, sightseeing, or other physical activity during your trip.
Ask your healthcare professional to help you develop a schedule for testing your blood glucose during your trip based on changes in time zone, work obligations, meal-times, and other activities.
For example, you may need to skip out on after-hours business dinners or social gatherings so that you have more time to rest.
Frequent business trips are a standard part of many jobs. You may feel like you spend more time on airplanes than you do in your own office, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t successfully manage your diabetes while you are away. Taking a few steps to ensure that you are keeping your blood glucose in control during travel can make traveling for business a breeze.