Masterclass Australian Diabetes Society and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association Annual Scientific Meeting 2016

The highs and lows of international travel with T1D and coeliac disease: A personal journey     (#175)

Gary Kilov 1 , Samantha Beattie 2
  1. Seaport Diabetes, Launceston, TAS, Australia
  2. Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania Government, Hobart, TAS, Australia

Prior to the discovery of insulin, a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes was a death sentence.  In the early days following the discovery of insulin, it became a life sentence. 

With the advent of new and improved insulins, improved delivery devices and affordable technology to allow accurate sensing of blood glucose levels, individuals with type 1 diabetes have enjoyed unprecedented health outcomes and quality of life. 

People with diabetes are no longer content to be dictated to by their condition and aspire to experience and enjoy the full spectrum of life’s offerings. 

Imbued with this modern zeitgeist, I embarked on an adventure that would realise two of my bucket list items.  A trip to Antarctica followed by a tour of Easter Island.  Two extremes of global climate. 

As someone with co morbid type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease this involved some careful planning and at times intuitive if not scientifically robust solutions to challenges faced on these journeys. 

During the session I will share the narrative of my travels, trials and tribulations, each offering a teachable moment.  I invite attendees to join me on one of life’s great adventures.