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Managing diabetes

Managing diabetes

Travel and Driving

If you are going a trip, whether by car, plane or train, it is essential that you plan your diabetes management for the duration of the journey. 

 

There are a number of things to consider when planning a trip, such as different airline regulations (for domestic and international travel), ensuring you have a well-timed itinerary, in-flight needs and being prepared for unexpected situations, such as delayed travel.

 

Driving

As long as your diabetes is well-controlled there's no reason why you shouldn't be issued with a licence, however you must tell the road transport authority and your insurance company that you have diabetes.

 

You should not drive if you:

  • Have difficulty recognising the early signs of hypoglycaemia
  • Are just starting to take insulin and your blood glucose levels are not yet controlled
  • Have problems with your eyesight that are not corrected with glasses
  • Have numbness or weakness in your limbs
  • Have been feeling unwell - this can upset blood glucose levels

 

Insurance

Most insurance policies exclude pre-existing medical conditions such as diabetes, because although diabetes can be treated, people with the condition are more likely to develop medical complications (such as blindness, nerve damage and kidney problems).

 

It is essential when arranging a policy that you fully inform the insurance company about your diabetes even if they do not ask. If you don't, you might find your claim is rejected.