Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
13 September 2011 11:49
Diabetes patients should view a recent study on in-flight use of insulin pumps with scepticism, an expert says
A medical expert has cast doubts on recent claims that air passengers with diabetes may end up injecting the wrong amount of insulin because of pressure changes inside a plane.
A recent study published in the peer-reviewed Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics journal reported that insulin pumps when used in conditions of changing atmospheric pressure may end up delivering incorrect levels of the hormone.
Research simulated aircraft conditions within a hypobaric chamber, with a small number of type 1 diabetes patients participating in the experiment.
In an editorial published in the journal, Irl B Hirsch, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine said the data was not sufficient to draw such broad conclusions.
The findings could potentially explain why patients who use the pumps see changes in their blood glucose levels, but variations in insulin amounts delivered during the simulation tests were only marginal, he said.
It is advisable for diabetes sufferers to take out a
medical travel insurance and take good care while travelling, but Dr Hirsch says it would be unwise to panic about using insulin pumps in-flight based on the small-scale research.
"This study was implemented in such a small number of people that large conclusions may not be justified... It is possible the authors overreacted in their recommendations," he said.
20 May 2017
Holidaymakers travelling via London City Airport will benefit from a digital air traffic control tower from 2019.
19 May 2017
Many Britons are increasing their risk of developing diseases like cancer by drinking too much alcohol, experts have suggested.
18 May 2017
People could increase their chances of developing serious illnesses after spending just two weeks as a 'couch potato', new research suggests.
17 May 2017
Holidaymakers who would like to sample the high life can now do so at one of the major airports of the United States.
16 May 2017
A star of the soap world has called for more attention to be paid to common health problems like Alzheimer's disease.
13 May 2017
Two major Scottish airports have achieved their strongest April passenger totals on record, new figures reveal.
12 May 2017
The carbon emissions of EasyJet flights have been cut to their lowest level on record, the budget airline has reported.
11 May 2017
Holidaymakers faced long queues and delays at Stansted Airport on Tuesday (May 9), due to a fault with the site's security scanners.
10 May 2017
Workers have been encouraged to find out about their full entitlement to holidays, with many thought to be missing out on paid leave.
09 May 2017
Holidaymakers have been urged to stay vigilant against potential scams.
06 May 2017
Researchers in the US are recommending that anyone experiencing the symptoms of so-called 'noisy knees' should have them checked out, as they may be an early sign of osteoarthritis.
05 May 2017
Excessive drinking among baby-boomers could pose health risks further down the line, experts have warned.