By: HealthyOutcomes.com newsletter
Janis Roszler, MSFT, RD, CDE, LD/N
Don’t put yourself and those around you at risk. Follow these guidelines to help stay safe on the road:
If you take a blood glucose-lowering medication, such as insulin, run a blood test before getting behind the wheel. Make sure your blood glucose is within the target range set by your healthcare team.
Check your glucose level every two hours of driving. Pull off the road and treat any glucose low with the 15/15 rule:
Step 1: Eat 15 grams of a fast-acting form of carbohydrate, such as 3-4 glucose tablets, 4 oz of juice, or 4 oz of regular soda.
Step 2: Wait 15 minutes.
Step 3: Check again. If your glucose level is in your desired range, you are all set. If it is still low, repeat the 15/15 rule steps again.
Wear medical identification.
Don’t drive if you begin to experience signs of low blood glucose, such as sweating, heart palpitations, tremors, headache, and behavior change.
If you don’t feel any symptoms when your glucose level drops, check your blood more frequently and work with your health care provider to reverse your hypoglycemia unawareness. Research shows that many people who maintain their glucose level within 80-180mg/dl can regain the ability to feel hypoglycemic symptoms.
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