Traveling Soon? Read This Important Health Alert.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 31, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding that 60% of travelers do not take their regular medications while abroad. The study was published in the Journal of Travel Medicine.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/traveling-soon-read-this-important-health-alert) notes, there are two issues people need to consider when traveling. One is obvious: are there any infectious diseases one should be aware of when they arrive at their travel destination? The other is not so obvious: do they suffer from a pre-existing health problem, like diabetes, heart disease, or asthma? If so, they need to take some specific precautions to avoid any serious consequences while vacationing.
As the article “Traveling Soon? Read This Important Health Alert” reports, it may seem like common sense for a person to consider their health needs before and while they are traveling, but according to a recent study, many people neglect to do this. Researchers at the University of Utah studied travelers who were visiting friends and relatives. Of the 110 travelers, 48 traveled to Africa and 62 traveled to Asia.
As the Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article outlines, before leaving, the travelers discussed the following topics with their health care provider: 71% talked about infectious disease prevention; 16% discussed chronic, pre-existing conditions; and 13% asked about travel safety. Despite these discussions, here’s what happened to the patients while on vacation:
- 32% experienced health problems related to a pre-existing condition
- 22% came down with an acute infection after arriving at their destination
- 60% of the travelers did not take their regular medications while on vacation
The article notes that this non-adherence caused travelers’ blood pressure to rise significantly and BMI levels to drop in those traveling to Africa.
Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes by advising readers to take their meds with them in a protective case that clearly labels what each is and when to take it. They should bring extra, just in case they lose any tablets or bottles. And if travelers are going on any day trips, they should take two days’ worth of medication just to be safe.
(SOURCE: Gurgle, H.E., et al., “Impact of traveling to visit friends and relatives on chronic disease management,” J Travel Med. March 2013; 20(2): 95–100.
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