For teens and adults with diabetes:
How often do you check your blood sugar before you drive?
Total votes: 141
For teens and adults with diabetes: How often do you check your blood sugar before you drive?Poll dates: August 14 - 21, 2005
Total Votes: 141
In Diabetes and Driving Mishaps (Diabetes Care 26:2329-2334, 2003), researchers examined whether diabetes is associated with an increased risk of driving mishaps. The study concludes that "Type 1 diabetic drivers are at increased risk for driving mishaps, but type 2 diabetic drivers, even on insulin, appear not to be at a higher risk than nondiabetic individuals."
Among the risk factors cited is "infrequent self-testing before driving." Given the potential seriousness of a mishap while driving, the importance of checking your blood sugar before getting behind the wheel cannot be overestimated. Sadly, less than half (43%) of those who responded to this poll report testing usually or always. On the bright side, this is a significant increase from when we first ran this poll in February 1999, when only 29% reported testing usually or always. The bad news is that 19% report never checking.
Also, the symptoms of hypoglycemia can mimic those of drunkenness. If you drive, always keep fast acting carbohydrates with you in the car in case you feel low. And it's a very good idea to wear some sort of medical identification product that clearly states that you have diabetes. It could help save your life.
The table below compares the results of this poll with the results from when it was run previously.
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Response Aug 2005 Aug 2004 Aug 2003 Feb 1999 Always 22% 15% 27% 16% Usually 21% 24% 17% 13% Sometimes 18% 13% 20% 11% Rarely 18% 22% 15% 18% Never 19% 23% 19% 40%
Note: A significant number of obviously duplicated votes were removed.[Return to the current poll]
Last Updated: Wednesday August 22, 2007 09:48:03
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