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
































Total votes: 89


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

Poll dates: August 12 - 19, 2009
Total Votes: 89

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. This year we saw a major increase in the number of people reporting checking "always."

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Response     Aug 2009     Aug 2008     Aug 2007     Aug 2006     Aug 2005     Aug 2004     Aug 2003     Feb 1999  
Always 43% 22% 26% 25% 19% 15% 27% 16%
Usually 17% 26% 25% 25% 18% 24% 17% 13%
Sometimes 20% 23% 15% 19% 16% 13% 20% 11%
Rarely 10% 14% 13% 13% 16% 22% 15% 18%
Never 7% 14% 18% 15% 29% 23% 19% 40%
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Last Updated: Wednesday August 19, 2009 16:24:40
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