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From America On-Line:

My 4 year old daughter is a type I diabetic. We are flying to Disney Land for the Christmas holidays. We plan to carry her supply kit with us at all times as part of our carry-on bags. Our concern is the extra insulin stored in the checked bags. I am aware that x-rays can change the chemical makeup of some medication and thus alter its effects. Is there a problem with Regular and NPH being subjected to x-rays?


As far as I know, insulin can go through X-ray machines. If you're worried, have it hand-checked.

Also, see other questions about traveling and Traveling with Diabetes for more information.


Insulin is not harmed by x-ray machines at airports. However, you should always carry the extra insulin with you -- never check it. Airplane baggage compartment can be extremely cold or extremely hot. A cold pack in your carry-on baggage will keep the extra insulin chilled for the trip, and while at the hotel, you should be able to store it in the refrigerator in the room.


Original posting 18 Nov 96


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