For teens and adults with diabetes:
How often do you check your blood sugar before you drive?
Total votes: 113
For teens and adults with diabetes: How often do you check your blood sugar before you drive?Poll dates: August 10 - 17, 2008
Total Votes: 113
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. The number of people who report that they usually or always check dropped a bit compared to last year -- 48% in 2008 versus 51% in 2007.
Drivers with diabetes need to know that 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.
The Quick Fix Keychain lets you keep four glucose tablets with your car keys. Highly Recommended.[Return to the current poll]
Response Aug 2008 Aug 2007 Aug 2006 Aug 2005 Aug 2004 Aug 2003 Feb 1999 Always 22% 26% 25% 19% 15% 27% 16% Usually 26% 25% 25% 18% 24% 17% 13% Sometimes 23% 15% 19% 16% 13% 20% 11% Rarely 14% 13% 13% 16% 22% 15% 18% Never 14% 18% 15% 29% 23% 19% 40%
Last Updated: Sunday August 17, 2008 14:20:47
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