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Re: [IPk] Altitude



Hi Jenny
I spent some time in Kenya abuot 20 years ago and suffered from altitude 
sickness for the first couple of days (around 2000m, so not nearly as high as 
La Paz) although noone else in my family did (I'm the only one with diabetes).
Basically I felt sick and had a headache and was very tired - quite similar 
symptoms to having a high BG. 
I don't know whether as a diabetic I was more susceptible (apparently a lot 
of people do suffer from altitude sickness when they go there), or whether 
just as an individual I was more susceptible (e.g. I get travel sick very 
easily and often feel faint and dizzy for no particular reason).

But as long as you keep testing your BG, drink lots of fluids and just take 
it easy for the first few days, I am sure you will be fine!
Di

On Friday 21 June 2002 13:10, you wrote:
> Thanks Tony,
>
> In about a month's time I am flying into La Paz in
> Bolivia. I am concerned because the guide books say
> that altitude sickness is very common, and that you
> have to take it very easy for the first day or so: not
> eating very much, sitting still a lot etc.
>
> I will then be spending two weeks in Bolivia, but I
> think the main problem is the arrival at such a high
> altitude.
>
> I am just wondering if there is a higher risk of
> sickness being diabetic? The friends I am meeting out
> there are worried so I have prepared a factsheet for
> them: how to test my blood sugar, how to bolus more
> insulin, give glucose etc! I have never been in a
> situation where I needed assistance in dealing with my
> diabetes and I don't want to start now!
>
> Cheers again,
>
> Jenny.
>
> --- Tony O'Sullivan <email @ redacted> wrote:
> > Hi Jenny,
> >
> > I'm forwarding your mail to a diabetes specialist
> > here in Dublin who has
> > taken a large group including numbers with diabetes
> > to the top of
> > Kilimanjaro, and into the Rockies. His experiences
> > are very interesting. It
> > might help if you click 'reply all' and give more
> > detail about the kind of
> > altitude exposure you are planning.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Tony
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "jenny davey" <email @ redacted>
> > To: <email @ redacted>
> > Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 10:05 PM
> > Subject: [IPk] Altitude
> >
> > > Hello everybody
> > >
> > > I would like to find out how altitude is likely to
> > > affect diabetes control. Before I trawl the
> >
> > internet
> >
> > > for information, does anybody have experience of
> >
> > this
> >
> > > which may be useful?
> > >
> > > Cheers all.
> > > Jenny
> > >
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