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Driving and diabetes

by IBD Medical on March 09, 2023
A person with diabetes wearing a seatbelt and holding a glucose monitoring device while driving a car, emphasizing the importance of safe driving and blood sugar management for individuals with diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels. While many people with diabetes are able to manage the condition with diet, exercise, and medications, it can still pose challenges when it comes to driving. For people with diabetes, the act of driving can be a risky one, as it can lead to potentially dangerous situations if blood sugar levels fluctuate.

One of the main challenges of driving with diabetes is hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar. This can occur when blood sugar levels drop too low, causing symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, and even in extreme cases unconsciousness. These symptoms can be particularly dangerous when driving, as they can impair a person’s ability to focus and react quickly to unexpected situations on the road.

To manage hypoglycemia, it is important to monitor blood sugar levels before driving and during long drives (by stopping in a safe place like a petrol station or in a designated rest area) . This can be done using a continuous glucose monitor or by regularly checking blood sugar levels with a glucose meter. It is also recommended to carry snacks, such as hard candy or glucose tabs such as the Glucology Glucochews, in case of an emergency.

Another challenge of driving with diabetes is hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar. This can occur when blood sugar levels become too high, causing symptoms such as fatigue, thirst, and blurred vision. These symptoms can also impair a person’s ability to drive safely, making it important to manage high blood sugar levels before getting behind the wheel.

One of the biggest risks of driving with diabetes is the potential for sudden onset of symptoms. For example, a person may feel fine when they get behind the wheel, but their blood sugar levels can quickly drop or rise, causing symptoms that can affect their ability to drive safely. This is why it is important to regularly check blood sugar levels and be prepared to pull over if necessary.

In addition to these challenges, people managing diabetes may also face discrimination when it comes to driving. Some insurance companies may view people with diabetes as a higher risk, leading to higher insurance premiums or even a denial of coverage. Additionally, some employers may limit the types of jobs or hours that people with diabetes can work, which can impact their ability to drive as part of their job.

Despite these challenges, people managing diabetes can still drive safely by taking steps to manage their blood sugar levels and being aware of the potential risks. This may include regular monitoring, carrying snacks such as Glucochews and emergency supplies, and taking steps to prevent sudden onset of symptoms. With the right tools and support, people with diabetes can live full, active lives, including driving, with confidence and safety.

To summarize, driving with diabetes can be challenging and risky, but it is possible to manage with proper planning and preparation. People with diabetes should regularly monitor their blood sugar levels, be aware of the potential risks, and take steps to prevent sudden onset of symptoms. By working with their healthcare team and taking the necessary precautions, people with diabetes can drive safely and enjoy the freedom and independence that comes with being behind the wheel.

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Please remember, it is important to consult with a doctor or diabetes healthcare professional for personalised advice and guidance on how to manage diabetes. 

Remember to always seek advice from your medical practitioner before changing anything about your diabetes management. The above information is not medical advice.

Welcome to Glucology by IBD Medical !

It all began in 2016 when our founder wanted to make daily life easier by simplifying diabetes management. He realised that IBD Medical had the potential to ease the burden of people living with diabetes and empower them. This was when Glucology was born in 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Glucology was created by IBD Medical and designed to provide stylish, discrete and innovative solutions for people living with diabetes. It gives people access to a bespoke line of support products at an affordable price.

1 comment
by Victoria Zahra on April 15, 2023

Having an accident while having a hypo is not an experience I ever want to again have. Luckily not hitting another vehicle or causing injury did not eliminate the guilt of what could have happened. Coming out of a hypo like that is like waking from a nightmare