driving & Diabetes

People with diabetes could be questioned about their driving habits as part of their medication review according to a report, ‘The forgotten risk of driving with hypoglycaemia in type 2 diabetes’, published on 22 October 2014. the report suggests that GP’s should ask patients with type 2 diabetes whether they drive for work purposes in order to optimize their diabetes medicines to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia while driving.

The UK report conducted by the Transport Research Laboratory was funded by Merck Sharp & Dohme, includes findings from research – involving 1,500 patients with type 2 diabetes – that shows just 27% of patients had spoken to their doctor about hypoglycaemia and driving.

According to the UK Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency, there are around 45 serious events a month and five fatal crashes a year involving hypoglycaemia. The true figure is likely to be much higher.

To read the Irish guidelines for driving when you have diabetes from the Road Safety Authority, please click here