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13
Feb 2012
Diabetes and driving

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) are carrying out a consultation exercise with a view to bringing in legislation regarding standards and people with diabetes by January 2013.
If you have diabetes where you are using insulin, then it is important to check your blood glucose levels before driving. Diabetes UK also suggest having a break from driving every two hours, testing again and if necessary having a snack. This is to avoid the condition known as hypoglycaemia.
Hypoglycaemia is where diabetics can have a low blood sugar level. Symptoms include palpitations, sweating, dilated pupils, blurred vision and in extreme cases loss of consciousness. Even early symptoms when treated can take up to an hour to resolve.
Guidance will be issued once the standards become law but it will be similar to drink or under the influence of drugs while driving if you were unlucky enough to have an accident.

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