Dealing With Hypoglycemia While You Are Driving

hypoglycemia in the carFor people who have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, driving is an activity that requires extra precautions. Unexpected hypoglycemia can make you feel dizzy, shaky or disoriented. However, there are some solutions that can help you to get control over your diabetes so that you can enjoy the freedom that driving offers.


Plan for Hypoglycemia


If you drive regularly, you should talk to your diabetes care team to help learn more about the risks while driving and what you can do about them.


Type 2 Diabetes Patients Are At Risk


Hypoglycemia doesn’t only affect Type 1 diabetic patients. Patients who have Type 2 diabetes who take sulfonylureas, such as glyburide and glipizide are also at risk of hypoglycemia. If you are not sure whether you take these medications, ask your healthcare provider.


Test Your Blood Glucose Before You Start Driving


Before you start driving, you should always test your blood sugar before you go behind the wheel. If your blood glucose is less than 80, you should make sure that you have a small snack before you go. If your blood sugar is normal, you can drive.


Talk to your healthcare provider about what you can do to lower your risk of experiencing hypoglycemia while driving.

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