Takin’ It to the Streets: New Recommendations for Driving & Diabetes

Takin’ It to the Streets: New Recommendations for Driving & Diabetes

Nearly 19 million people in the United States have diagnosed diabetes, and many of these individuals will seek or presently hold a license to drive. Currently, states have different laws concerning driving and diabetes. “For people with diabetes, a driver’s license is essential for many reasons, including getting to and from work or school, caring for themselves and/ or family members, and many other daily life functions,” says Daniel Lorber, MD, FACP, CDE. “This is an important issue because there has been considerable debate on the role of diabetes and its relevancy on determining driver ability and eligibility for a license.” He adds that each state has its own laws on disclosure of diseases that may impact patients’ driving ability, further complicating the issue. Click here to view our new Diabetes Update ebook. Research suggests most people with diabetes can and do drive safely, but in the past, there have been inappropriate attempts to restrict driving licensure for these patients. “The chief concern about driving with diabetes is hypoglycemia because these episodes can cause confusion and disorientation,” Dr. Lorber says. However, while hypoglycemic episodes can affect driving ability, the available data show that these incidents are uncommon. Other factors related to diabetes that could affect driving include retinopathy and peripheral neuropathy.   New Guidance In the January 2012 issue of Diabetes Care, the American Diabetes Association released a position statement based on current scientific and medical evidence addressing the issue of driving in patients with diabetes. The statement advises against blanket restrictions and instead recommends that patients who have issues that could increase driving risks be assessed by physicians...

Trends in Death From Unintentional Injuries

Mortality data from 2000 to 2009 indicate that the annual rate of unintentional injury deaths is declining, but these injuries remain the leading cause of death among those aged 1 to 19. Annual rates dropped 29% during the study period, decreasing among all age groups except those aged 1 and younger. Reported suffocations increased among those aged 1 and younger, and poisoning deaths increased among those aged 15 to 19. Source:...