Monday, 19 September 2011

Be above 5 to drive : diabetes and driving

Australians with diabetes who are at-risk of experiencing low blood glucose (or hypoglycaemia) should test their blood glucose levels before driving, according to new medical patient education guidelines released by the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS).

Designed to minimise the risk of road accidents caused by hypoglycaemic episodes, the new Guidelines require people taking glucose lowering medication and insulin to always check blood glucose before driving; carry fast acting carbohydrates; and carry a blood glucose meter with them when driving.

They identify a blood glucose reading of above 5 mmol/L before driving commencement, as being required to help people to be safe to drive and to consider pedestrians and other road users. "These Guidelines encourage people with diabetes to ensure they understand the risk of hypoglycaemia when driving and ways to prevent these episodes," said ADS Past-President Stephen Twigg.

Media release

Diabetes and driving booklet

Driving and recent severe hypoglycaemia fact sheet

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