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Tips for Diabetics on Long Road Trips

Diabetes doesn't mean you have to stay at home. We've got five tips to get you ready to hit the road.

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Living with diabetes is difficult, whether you're an adult, a child or the parent of a diabetic child. Trying to maintain an active lifestyle can be even more challenging. But it's possible.

Diabetes, the most common ailment of the endocrine system, affects more than 23 million people in the United States alone [source: WebMD]. Generally speaking, the disease prevents the body from maintaining safe sugar levels. So the best, prevailing advice for diabetics planning long trips can be boiled down to the time-honor Boy Scout motto: "Be prepared."

Diabetics, especially those who are insulin-dependent, understand that limitations are a fact of life. Taking proper precautions, however, can alleviate many of those restrictions. Just don't wait for the last minute.

The first place to start? The doctor's office.

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