You are advised to obtain full health insurance with comprehensive cover. Check what insurance cover you have or will need and the geographical area of cover. Read all the small print in the policy so that you know what you will be covered and what will not. Make sure your policy will cover you in case of a diabetes emergency related matter while abroad.
A complete blood count (CBC) can show anemia. Your kidneys make erythropoietin, which is a hormone. This hormone stimulates your bone marrow to make red blood cells. When your kidney is severely damaged, your ability to make erythropoietin decreases. This causes a decline in red blood cells known as anemia.
Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) can become elevated when your kidney starts to fail. Normally, your kidney clears the products of protein breakdown from your blood. However, after kidney damage, these byproducts build up. Urea is one byproduct of protein breakdown. Urea is what gives urine its odor.
In peritoneal dialysis (PD), your blood is cleaned inside your body, not outside your body. The lining of your abdomen (the peritoneum) acts as a natural filter. A cleansing solution, called dialysate, flows into your abdomen (your belly) through a soft tube called a PD catheter. The PD catheter is placed during minor surgery. Wastes and extra fluid pass from your blood into the cleansing solution.
The kidney doctor, called a nephrologist, will plan your treatment with you, your family and your dietitian. Two things to keep in mind for keeping your kidneys healthy are controlling high blood pressure in conjunction with an ACE inhibitor and following your renal diabetic diet. Restricting protein in your diet also might be helpful. You and your dietitian can plan your diet together.
A routine checkup with your Diabetic Consultant, Diabetic Nurse Specialist or General Practitioner pre-travel will include assessment of: 1.Visit your doctor/Diabetic nurse for a check-up several weeks before you leave for a holiday. 2.Discuss your itinerary with your healthcare team and work out plans for your meals and medication, especially if you are travelling through different time zones.
While it may not always be comfortable, it is important to tell the people with whom you are traveling that you have diabetes. Let them know what you have to do to stay healthy and active on your journey, and what they should do in case there is an emergency.