What the others before me have forgotten to mention is that for people with diabetes who take tablets or insulin to treat the diabetes you need to check your blood glucose level before you hop behind the wheel. The aim is indeed to have a blood glucose level of at least 5.
People on insulin in particular need to inform the RTA as failure to do so may affect your insurance if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident. Talk to your doctor, endocrinologist or Credentialed Diabetes Educator for more details.
And Brad is absolutely right to also mention Peripheral Neuropathy. There is a type of neuropathy called “insensate neuropathy” where no pain is experienced. This form of neuropathy is particularly dangerous as the damaged nerves may give you false information as to where your foot is placed and could therefore put you at risk of accidents.
People with retinopathy should also be aware. Retinopathy is damage to the eyes caused by diabetes. If vision is reduced this could also affect your driving skills and for this reason and the ones mentioned above it is crucial that people with diabetes inform the RTA. THe RTA will then be able to send you reminders to get assessed on a regular basis, which not only keeps you safe, but also those around you.
As always: Drive Safe and stop, revive, survive every 2 hours.
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