Managing Diabetes Care Across Time Zones

EMBARGOED UNTIL MAY 26, 2016, 12:45 PM

Monday, May 23, 2016 5:13 pm EDT

Dateline:

Orlando, FL
"Each year, millions of people with diabetes travel by air, with an estimated 10 percent suffering from in-flight diabetes-related complications during air travel"

As if air travel isn’t troublesome already these days, managing a chronic disease like diabetes – especially when traveling throughout different time zones at 35,000 feet has the potential to result in adverse events if not managed precisely.[MB1] 

That’s the information found in an abstract that will be presented during the AACE 25th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in Orlando, Fla., May 25-29.

“Each year, millions of people with diabetes travel by air, with an estimated 10 percent suffering from in-flight diabetes-related complications during air travel,” said Rahul Suresh, a physician training in internal medicine and aerospace medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). “Air travel on flights across multiple time zones disrupts the normal timing of meals and medication dosing, increasing the risk that travelers with diabetes will incorrectly dose their medication. Our goal was to develop a concise and updated set of recommendations for safe management of diabetes during air travel across multiple time zones.”

Dr. Suresh will discuss his abstract during a press briefing on Thursday, May 26, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando.

For more information, contact the AACE Public and Media Relations Department at (904) 353-7878.

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About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)

The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: providing professional education and reliable public health information; recognizing excellence in education, research and service; promoting clinical research and defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology. For more information, please visit www.aace.com/college.

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