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Natural disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes seem to dominate the headlines and 24-hour news cycles these days. But if you’re a person living with diabetes and are caught in a disaster, managing your disease can be a challenge, especially when you need to quickly leave your home and find yourself in an unfamiliar environment.
Betsy Richter-Gifford, an inpatient diabetes specialist at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, says the stress of diabetes management, along with unexpected factors like emergencies and natural disasters — or even something as simple as a power outage — can be minimized with a bit of preparedness.
With spring upon us and the potential for major storms, flooding and tornadoes in North Texas, we asked Richter-Gifford for advice on how individuals living with diabetes can keep Mother Nature or man-made disasters from wreaking havoc on their diabetes management.
What steps can people with diabetes — or their family members — take to prepare for natural disasters, power outages or other emergencies like evacuations?