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Driving on Empty: How Changing a Tire Can Lower Blood Sugar

During a recent trip to visit my sister and brother-in-law I hit a piece of metal on the interstate and my front left tire was ruined. Changing the tire wasn't a difficult process, but it used energy that was not accounted for in my calculations of exercise, insulin and food intake.

Comments 2 comments - Apr 1, 1997 - Not Yet Rated

Diabetic’s Fight for Right to Drive—Doctors Must Report Serious Hypo to Authorities

Dr. Arthur Neumann, a retired physician, has lived with diabetes since 1951. He awoke at 4:00 a.m. one morning suffering from a severe hypoglycemic attack and within minutes blacked out. Luckily, his companion was there to inject him with a shot of glucagon-a solution which raises blood sugar by forcing the liver to release stored glucose. Naturally, Neumann reported the incident to his doctor.

Comments 2 comments - Jun 1, 1996 - * * * * *

Trial Reversal of Type 1 Driving Restrictions

Current Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulations prohibit all individuals with insulin dependent diabetes from obtaining a commercial drivers license. In a recent reversal of this policy, the FHWA has decided to begin a trial period for waiving the restriction based on a case-by-case medical evaluation process using criteria suggested by the American Diabetes Association. Drivers deemed eligible will be monitored for a three year period.

Comments 1 comment - Feb 1, 1994 - Not Yet Rated

Are You A Good Driver?

In contrast to European governments, which have progressively restricted driving permits for individuals with insulin-dependent diabetes, the United States has been far more liberal in its restrictions. In an attempt to determine the decline in driving capability by insulin dependent adults experiencing hypoglycemia, the University of Virginia's General Clinical Research Center conducted a study of twenty five adults, measuring both their driving performance as well as their awareness of their driving performance during and after artificially-induced episodes of hypoglycemia. The study participants were infused with intravenous regular insulin, administered to produce mild and moderate hypoglycemic reactions, while they drove high-tech driving simulators. Immediately before and after each test, the participants were asked: "Would you choose to drive right now? Yes/No." The participants were kept shielded from their blood glucose levels throughout the tests.

Comments 0 comments - Jun 1, 1993 - Not Yet Rated

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