I just read that "cabin pressure changes during air flights may affect insulin pumps causing patients to receive too much or too little medication." Does anyone have any experience with this?
The article continues :"Researchers at John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, Australia investigated insulin pumps used by patients with type 1 diabetes to deliver insulin. The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, found that when ten insulin pumps were flown on a commercial flight, they were affected by air pressure changes. Air pressure decreases during takeoff caused the pumps to deliver extra insulin, and air pressure increases during descent caused some insulin to be sucked back into the pumps, resulting in an insufficient amount of insulin being dispensed. The air pressure causes bubbles to form and expands existing bubbles, affecting the amount of insulin being given. Researchers advise diabetics to be aware of the effects of pressure changes, and possibly disconnect the pump before takeoff and landing."
I would think and hope that the pump manufacturers have taken flying into account. But, maybe I'm wrong. Can someone who wears an insulin pump and travels by jet frequently give us some insight? Thanks!