My boyfriend and I are in the first stages of planning our round the world trip, but need a bit of advice about managing diabetes while away - how easy is it to get hold of insulin? Does anyone have any hints or tips, or are there any diabetics out there who have done it and can offer advice please?
Insulin can be found in most hospitals around the world nowadays, even in 3rd world countries. The problem lies with the fact that in some areas these places are far between so you may need an emergency supply when the nearest place is 50 miles away. BUT chances are, that on your government's site they will tell you all you need to know about medical issues. Not just for diabetics but for anyone else who take any special/perscribed medicines. In the US, you are advised to take as much insulin as you'll need during your leave. But generally in terms of availability, insulin can be found anywhere.
Here are some links that may be of help to you.
American Diabetes Association - When You Travel
International Diabetes Federation
*The prescription laws may be very different in other countries. If you're going out of the country, write for a list of International Diabetes Federation groups. Write to: IDF, 1 rue Defaeqz, B-1000, Belgium or use link above.)
International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT)
*You may want to get a list of English-speaking foreign doctors from the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers (IAMAT), 1623 Military Road, #279, Niagara Falls, NY 14304 or use link above. IAMAT can be reached at 716-754 4883. If an emergency occurs while you're traveling and you don't have such a list, contact the American or UK Consulate, American Express, or local medical schools for a list of doctors.
DiabeticTraveler.com - Information and Tips
Runsweet.com - Diabetes and Sport: Backpacking and Travelling