Diabetes is a common life-long health condition, with 3.2 million people diagnosed and living with it in the UK. According to Diabetes UK, the UK’s leading diabetes charity, there are also an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it.
Diabetes is a condition whereby the body can’t produce insulin, or enough that is useable, to convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy. Type 1 diabetes is when your body does not produce insulin, whilst Type 2 diabetes is when cells in the body are unable to produce enough insulin or when the insulin your body needs to convert sugars into energy doesn’t work properly. Whilst Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, Type 2 diabetes is affected by many factors, including genetics and lifestyle.
Diabetes Week is Diabetes UK’s annual awareness and fundraising week. It’s their time to raise additional funds and awareness of the condition, doing all they can to help UK sufferers. Money raised goes to provide counselling, to help people who are newly diagnosed as well as those already living with the condition, and to pay for research and development into finding a cure and helping to advance treatments.
This year Diabetes Week takes place from Sunday 8 to Saturday 14 June. The theme is ‘i Can’, an idea that emphasises the power of positive thinking. The charity is asking diabetes sufferers to share their stories of how diabetes hasn’t stopped them from doing the things they love or how supporters have been able to help people with diabetes.
As travel insurers who enable thousands of people with diabetes to travel each year, we understand how challenging the condition can be. So we are really looking forward to reading the stories one Facebook and Twitter and seeing images of lives well spent – despite setbacks.
Have you got a story to share?
If you have got a story to tell about courage in the face of diabetes during Diabetes Week it’s easy to share it. All you have to do is post to your Twitter or Facebook page using the hashtag #iCan and by tagging with @diabetesuk. We’d love to see some of your travel pictures make it to the Diabetes UK website, so if you have been affected by diabetes and still travel the world, do let us know!!
Travelling with diabetes.
There should be no reason why diabetes hinders your travel plans. As we have said already, many thousands of people with diabetes come to us for their travel insurance every year. Happily, as long as there are no serious complications, we are able to insure most people with diabetes so they can enjoy travel as much as the next person. However, there are considerations when travelling with diabetes, such as making sure your travel insurance includes cover for lost medication. Most of our policies include £300 for lost medication so you won’t be stranded if your luggage goes missing or gets stolen. You’ll also have access to 24 hour emergency medical assistance so we’ll always be there for you when you need us. We can also offer up to £10million in emergency medical expenses if the worst comes to the worst and you need to seek medical treatment at your destination.
Looking for diabetes travel advice?
Diabetes UK have a comprehensive list of tips and advice for people travelling with diabetes. You can see it by clicking HERE.
Supporting Diabetes Week.
There are lots of ways in which you can support Diabetes UK during Diabetes Week. You can raise funds by doing something out of the ordinary or do something as simple as putting up a poster. Every bit of support makes a difference. You could even consider becoming a Big Collection volunteer. The charity is looking for 7,000 volunteers to help them raise £300,000 in Tesco stores, during the weekend of 13–15 June. Could you spare the time?
From more information, get in touch with the charity through their website HERE or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.