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Diabetic drivers should be careful

In a recent statement, the American Diabetes Association

In a recent statement, the American Diabetes Association says "it would be unjustified to restrict the driving privileges" of diabetics even though they statistically have a higher rate of accidents than the general population. Photo Credit: iStock

When you're diagnosed with diabetes, you are overwhelmed by so many health and diet worries that some non-health-related issues are sometimes initially overlooked.

For example, what about driving?

In a recent position statement, the American Diabetes Association says "it would be unjustified to restrict the driving privileges" of diabetics, even though they statistically have a higher rate of accidents than the general population. The association notes that diabetics have a lower accident risk than some other groups, especially teens. The statement says risk assessments should be done on an individual basis, and a diagnosis of diabetes by itself "is not sufficient to make any judgments about individual driver capacity."

While some states at license renewal time specifically ask about diabetes, New York does not. Still, it would be wise to ask your doctor about driving, because some diabetics are at a higher risk of losing consciousness because of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).

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