Ways to manage travelling between time zones

Time Zones

One way to deal with time zones is to keep taking your background insulin at the same time if practical to do so (UK time). Another strategy is to change the time of your background insulin by 1-2 hours each day in the week before you go until you make up the time difference. 

If you travel west, the 24 hour day is extended, so cover these extra hours by taking rapid-acting insulin with food. Then take your background insulin at your usual time, in the arrival time zone. 

When travelling east, the day is shortened. Take rapid-acting insulin with meals and a reduced dose of your background insulin at your normal time, in your departure time zone. Then take your normal background dose at your usual time


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