As the global travel industry sees a gradual growth in interest – as more and more people fly to other countries – others prefer to take a vacation here in the UK.
Dr. Sarah Brewer offers her experience on how diabetics can stay safe on our small and small island.
No matter where you choose to venture into England this summer, taking care of your diabetes is an extra baggage that you cannot leave in your accommodation.
1. Know your limits
Somewhere where you can enjoy a drink or two? Dr. Brewer explained, “When you have diabetes, drinking alcohol can increase or decrease blood glucose levels.”
These empty calories “are readily converted to fat in the body, increasing triglyceride levels and contributing to changes in fat in the liver and pancreas” – both associated with insulin resistance.
Another thing is that alcoholic beverages also make weight loss difficult.
Dr Brewer added, “Moderation is key.” Diabetics can be recommended, if they choose to drink, from one to two units of alcohol a day.
Two units are equivalent to two single doses (25 ml) of spirits, or one liter of beer, beer or less strong cider (3.6%).
A small glass (125 ml) of red, white or rose wine is equivalent to 1.5 units. Another option to enjoy 1.5 units of alcohol is an alcopop.
Brewer added: “Drink only alcoholic drinks when blood glucose levels are well controlled, drink alcohol with food, drink slowly and avoid sugary drinks like mixers.”
2. Have a curry
“Countless spices, like cinnamon, ginger, fenugreek, turmeric, cumin, coriander, mustard and curry leaves, all have evidence to improve glucose control,” said Dr. Brewer.
3. Fruit snack
Perfect for a light and nutritious meal, fruits can be enjoyed while visiting the local attraction or lying on the beach.
“Although fruits contain natural sugars, most have a low to moderate glycemic index and do not excessively increase blood glucose levels,” said Dr. Brewer. However, it warns against excess dried fruit.
4. Be careful when sunning
“Heat can lead to dehydration,” began Dr. Brewer. “and affects glucose levels.”
She continued, “Drink enough fluids to maintain good hydration. Avoid prolonged sunbathing, which can increase blood glucose levels and always keep the medication fresh.”
Speaking of medication, Dr. Brewer advises people to “carry twice as much medication as needed to cover unexpected delays or losses”.
Dr. Brewer recommends that you continue to take your medications regularly while on vacation.
In addition, she is a strong supporter of CuraLin – a supplement for type 2 diabetes.
“CuraLin is made up of 10 natural ingredients that work with the body to help balance the blood sugar profile,” she said.
Dr. Brewer added that it can also reduce sugar cravings and is “the ideal travel companion for type 2 diabetics”.