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For teens and adults with diabetes:
How often do you check your blood sugar before you drive?
































Total votes: 158


For teens and adults with diabetes: How often do you check your blood sugar before you drive?

Poll dates: August 20 - 27, 2006
Total Votes: 158

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. Since last year's poll on this topic, the number of people who report that they usually or always check has increased significantly from 37% to 50%. Also, those reporting never checking has declined from 25% to 19%. This is very good news.

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.

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Response     Aug 2006     Aug 2005     Aug 2004     Aug 2003     Feb 1999  
Always 25% 19% 15% 27% 16%
Usually 25% 18% 24% 17% 13%
Sometimes 19% 16% 13% 20% 11%
Rarely 13% 16% 22% 15% 18%
Never 15% 29% 23% 19% 40%
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Last Updated: Sunday August 27, 2006 14:27:24
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