Driving Safely With Type 1 Diabetes

J Kate
By J Kate Latest Reply 2012-04-02 20:42:22 -0500
Started 2012-03-05 11:31:33 -0600

The following is an approved survey request:

Research has shown that a few people with Type 1 diabetes are at an increased risk for having traffic accidents due to low blood sugars.

Possibly, we can help the diabetes community.

Researchers at the University of Virginia are conducting a study evaluating internet tools designed to:
• Anonymously assess risk for all drivers with Type 1 diabetes of being in an accident and
• Help reduce the chance of high-risk drivers being in a future collision.

The study is strictly confidential and the data collected will not be shared with any other person or agency. Participants may earn up to $270 in internet gift cards.

For more information, please visit www.diabetesdriving.com. IRB-HSR# 15360

16 replies

kdroberts 2012-04-02 14:03:07 -0500 Report

I thought Diabetes UK just released a study showing people on insulin have no increased chance of accidents.

dietcherry 2012-04-02 12:03:11 -0500 Report

I just wanted to let you know that I was accepted into the study Kate. Its going to last 26 months and Im not allowed to discuss it but wanted to thank you for posting about it here :)

J Kate
J Kate 2012-04-02 12:35:29 -0500 Report

That's fantastic! It should be an interesting experience for you. Way to show up for the team. You Rock!

joe986475 2012-04-02 20:42:22 -0500 Report

Trust me at 76 years old Losing weight is no fun but doing it makes me and my grand kids very happy Keep up the good work guys Living improves with effort I am happy to be part of such a wonderful group of people thanks

jayabee52 2012-03-05 20:17:57 -0600 Report

Too bad T2s are not included. We could also go low and have a collision.

J Kate
J Kate 2012-03-08 11:09:46 -0600 Report

I agree, a low BG is a low BG. I think the findings will benefit all diabetics though. My sister had two terrible car wrecks from a low BG. One time she wrapped her car around a telephone pole. Scary stuff.
I love the new early warning systems. I got one for my son after he collapsed walking home from work. He always says he's fine, even if he's not, so it's nice to have a machine beeping like crazy, so I can say- not fine. Sit down and eat something pal… It doesn't fly well to say that to a 19 yr old without proof. I'll take all the help we can get on this front. I worry about him driving due to his hypoglycimic unawareness. I'm grateful there are studies like this going on.

jayabee52 2012-03-08 11:18:37 -0600 Report

Me too, I am grateful for the studies too.

I was not aware there were early warning systems for lows! Learn something every day here!

I remember (faintly) what I was like at 19. I thought I knew everything!
I eventually grew out of that (or did I? LoL!)

Where might one find the early warning system? It might be something to post in product reviews?

J Kate
J Kate 2012-03-08 14:30:43 -0600 Report

Here's one article: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/news-articles/...
I'm not overly impressed with this first round of sensors, but I had a great talk with a rep from Minimed who said they just finished the first human trial of the "Closed Loop System" basically a robotic pancreas, which I am very hopeful about. They hooked a ten yr old boy up to this system- like a pump and they did not test his blood or deliver insulin- just let the system do it's job for ten days. The little guy didn't go above 145. I cried when I heard. How much pressure it would take off the shoulders of my boys to just hook up and go!
I'll see if I can find the study and post it. I am hopeful that the next pump I buy for my boys will have a combination of insulin delivery and blood testing. CAN NOT WAIT!!

TsalagiLenape 2012-03-05 20:33:28 -0600 Report

I agree…sort of like when I found out I had Diabetes, I had no systems.

jayabee52 2012-03-06 05:43:58 -0600 Report

I never really thought about it until I was on DC over 3 yrs ago, but I was generally running a bit high anyway so that was, IMO helpful so I didn't go low while driving and have a MVA. (Motor Vehicle Accident)

The high numbers caught up with me in another way: Neuropathy.

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