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Study Finds Diabetic Drivers Can be Impaired by Low Blood Sugar

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Virginia Health Services center, low blood sugar can pose a hazard to diabetic drivers. The study examined diabetic drivers in Boston, Massachusetts, central Virginia, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their average age was about 42 years old.

While driving with low blood sugar did not actually appear to cause a large number of car accidents, roughly a third of the drivers involved in the study said they checked their blood sugar half an hour before having some kind of driving mishap.

The researchers recommend that diabetic drivers suffering from low blood sugar pull over immediately and wait for their blood sugar to rise before getting back on the road to avoid an auto crash.

Source: Low blood sugar may impair diabetics’ driving, Reuters, December 24, 2009
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