Behind the Wheel

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-08-05 23:02:02 -0500
Started 2012-06-28 18:55:12 -0500

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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.

5 replies

Set apart
Set apart 2012-06-29 09:06:58 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, I drive a lot with my job as a T1 always check before I take off. I've only experience one low a BG of 42 before taking off. Sat there and followed all these steps!

davidea08 2012-06-29 09:01:59 -0500 Report

Awesome advice! In 2004 I totalled out my truck because I blacked out from a sugar low. If I knew then what I know now…

jayabee52 2012-06-29 09:53:55 -0500 Report

At least YOU'RE OK! Things can be replaced, People, not so easily! The other person involved was OK?