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Driving and Low Blood Sugar Don't Mix

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People with all types of diabetes know it is important to keep blood sugar in a safe range. It’s normal for blood glucose levels to go up and down throughout the day and people with diabetes are often trained to adjust their insulin/food ratio to compensate for stress or increased activity levels.
 
Poorly managed diabetes can damage the autonomic nervous system, the control mechanism for all the “automatic” functions of the body. This includes heart function, kidneys, and digestion. Some people with diabetes may not get the usual signs of dropping blood sugar such as hunger and therefore, blood sugar can reach dangerously low levels with little or no warning. This can impact their ability to safely drive a motor vehicle or operate other machinery.
 
People with diabetes can test their blood sugar before getting behind the wheel and eat a snack if glucose is below 100 mg/dL. Keeping quick acting carbs in the car is a good idea. Glucose tablets or small juice boxes are easy to carry and can be a lifesaver for those days when life is more stressful than normal and blood sugar seems tough to control. Remember, preventing hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is always better than trying to recover from its effects.
 
Find a HackensackUMG provider near you: 855.385.HEAL (4325).
 
 

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