Diabetes and Social Life

It is not different from normal people only if rules of living with Type 2 Diabetes are followed.  No problem occurs in control of Type 2 Diabetes during daily life.  However, beyond daily life, more care should be provided during holidays and travels.  Because you lack of your own environment and resources that you may access easily.  When you plan to travel, share this with your doctor.

Take sufficient glucometer sticks and your glucometer with you according to your travel period.  You should have some candies with you during your travel; moreover you should keep your glucagon kit against severe hypoglycemia.  You should keep a diabetic identification card which includes your open identity with you.  If you will travel alone for a long time, tell traveler(s) with you that you have diabetes.  If you are on the plane, inform hostesses.  Show the bag where your drugs are placed and keep this bag on a visible and accessible place.

How Should I Carry and Preserve My Insulin Preparations During Travel?

  • Keep your insulin preparations from heat.  Do not leave in luggage compartment or glove box if you travel by car.  Keep them in a thermos if necessary.
  • Do not give your insulin preparations to luggage if you travel by plane.   Keep them with you.

What Should I Care On Special days or Nights?

  • Diabetes should not keep you away from social life.  If you are invited to a dinner, measure your blood glucose before leaving home.  If your blood glucose is low and there is time for dinner, make a little snack and leave home.  If your blood glucose is high, apply insulin before dinner.


Things To be Cared On Special days and Nights








  • Alcohol intake may create a slight hypoglycemia effect.  In other words, your blood glucose may decrease.  If alcohol will be taken with meal, take snacks including carbohydrates.  For example, you may eat canapés made of cheese or tuna fish/salmon, salty tartlets made of carrot or cucumber-yoghurt.   However, these garlic walnut sauces and other sauces may have high calories.  It is useful to be careful.
  • If the dinner program will be long, you may spread the dinner and insulin in time.  You may ask the service team to make your service slowly or to delay the service.
  • If you will be in an organizations that you will dance such as wedding or party, you may dance.  Do not forget that your blood glucose may reduce due to sudden calorie decrease.  Frequent, but less snacks will be enough in this case.
  • Do not go bed before you measure your blood glucose when you return home at night.  If your blood glucose is low, eat some bread and cheese.
  • If you can not get up in the morning and sleep until noon due to alcohol intake, your blood glucose may reduce much.  Two things may be done in this case.  If you do not have any problem with getting up in the morning, set your alarm earlier and make your breakfast.  Then you may continue to sleep.  If you will struggle to get up in the morning, do not inject your insulin at night.



Diabetes may exacerbate with stress.  In other words, our emotions effect our blood glucose in many aspects.  Because, hormones secreted during excitement, fear and sadness affects opposite to insulin and increase your blood glucose.   Especially, hormones such as adrenalin, cortisone, glucagon increase during fear and excitement, pressure and sadness and elevate your blood glucose.   Because these cases stresses our body as well as our mind and spirit out.  These hormones increase on stress and try to prepare our body to fight against this stress.


Diabetes and Stress








Determine individuals that you may obtain help when you face with stress.  Your family members are the closest individuals who will be with you during stressful days.  However, some problems in the family may also be source of stress and problems as well.  In this case, you may need to arrange your treatment with your doctor to keep your diabetes under control.

The most accurate solution in case of family problems will be to obtain help from a psychologist or therapist. Family therapists may guide you in these problems.

Your job may be the source of stress.  Causes for these may be divided into two groups.  First, you may have problems with your coworkers at work.  This may be resolved socially.  Another may be a tiring and long period work which is not suitable for your diabetes.  Some professions may not be suitable for diabetic patients.  For example, bus or truck driving which lasts long.  Or heavy duty machine operatorship which requires carefulness.  Hosting or aviating are not suitable for diabetic patients.

If you have difficulty to make your job, you can not make your work on time or you are deficient, consider to change your work.