Don’t let diabetes derail your summer

Jun. 28, 2016

St. Joseph’s experts have tips for a safe and healthy season

For people with diabetes, the summer months with travel, the great outdoors, gatherings, and more intense physical activity can be challenging. But with careful planning and preparation, the condition shouldn’t stop you from doing anything you want to do, say experts at the Diabetes Education Centre of St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

St. Joseph’s diabetes nurses, educators and dietitians have tips for all seasonal adventures – from taking to the road, sea or air, to indulging in the joys of summer eating, to embarking on a fitness quest. They have advice on crossing time zones, packing and storing your supplies, disposing of needles, and language challenges when travelling. They can tell you about metal detectors and pumps, amusement park rides and pumps, what to pack for camping and hiking trips, emergency kits, fasting during Ramadan, and much more.

“For people with diabetes, there’s a lot to think about during the summer months,” says dietitian Valerie Lammers. “You have to plan. You have prepare."

No matter where you are or what you are doing, keeping blood glucose levels under control is critical, say St. Joseph’s experts. Their extensive list of tips for summer is available on St. Joseph’s website at

For media wishing to speak to a St. Joseph’s diabetes expert, please contact:

Dahlia Reich, Communication & Public Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care London
519 646-6100 ext. 65294, pager 10117

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Renowned for compassionate care, St. Joseph’s Health Care London is a leading academic health care centre in Canada dedicated to helping people live to their fullest by minimizing the effects of injury, disease and disability through excellence in care, teaching and research. Through partnership with Lawson Health Research Institute and our collaborative engagement with other health care and academic partners, St. Joseph’s has become an international leader in the areas of: chronic disease management; medical imaging; specialized mental health care; rehabilitation; specialized geriatrics; and surgery. St. Joseph’s operates through a wide range of hospital, clinic and long-term and community based settings, including: St. Joseph’s Hospital; Parkwood Institute; Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care; and the Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care. For more information, visit

About St. Joseph’s Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism

The Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at St. Joseph’s Hospital is the primary regional centre for diabetes and endocrine disease management in Southwestern Ontario. The centre brings together comprehensive diabetes education, leading-edge care and research, and an expert team of care providers and researchers. There are four main components to the Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism: the Diabetes Education Centre; diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism clinics; the Primary Care Diabetes Support Program; and research and education affiliated with Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and Robarts Research Institute. For more information, visit

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