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Warnings made over drivers with hypoglycaemia

For the most part, people with medical conditions are still able to drive unless they’re deemed unfit to be safe on the roads. For example, those with eye problems may have their licence revoked because they can’t see well enough to remain safe, both to themselves and other road users. However, now it’s been suggested that those battling with Hypoglycaemia must be given more aid and support to ensure they’re capable of driving safely so they don’t cause chaos on the roads.

In a new report by the TRL, it was suggested that those living with Hypoglycaemia as part of their Type 2 diabetes need to be carefully managed so they can stay healthy and, therefore, remain in a low-risk driving category. The publication ‘The forgotten risk of driving with Hypoglycaemia in Type 2 diabetes’ said that it was vital for the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency, alongside health care professionals, to make motorists more aware about the dangers of driving if they’re unwell.

Commonly known simply as ‘hypo’, hypoglycaemia happens when the glucose levels in people’s blood falls too low. As a result, individuals begin to feel sweaty, tired and shaky. Blurred vision can be experienced, as well as complete blackouts. TRL warned that even in the less extreme cases, motorists could become distracted and inattentive, resulting in a higher risk of an accident and being a danger to others.

The TRL’s chief scientist and research director, Professor Andrew Parkes, said, “Health care professionals could do more to help drivers with diabetes understand their risks and responsibilities when driving. We know that drivers with diabetes are not sufficiently aware of the need to speak to their doctor to check that their diabetes medication is suitable for someone who drives. It is a problem of treatment regimes, rather than the diabetes itself, that leads to hypos and accident risk.” It was recommended in the report that the DVLA offer guidance to motorists with the condition, whilst people with the condition are given better education.

Whilst those living with the problem might be fearful about losing their licence, it’s essential to remember that road safety is of the utmost importance. Even individuals who’ve paid a lot of money for personalised number plates should realise that managing their condition and not taking to the road when they’re ill is the most sensible thing to do to avoid increased danger and possible accidents.

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