Diabetes Mellitus Overview
Diabetes is a medical condition caused by the insulinresistance or lack of insulin in the body, which raises the level of blood sugarand causes many health issues for the patients. Diabetic symptoms includeincreased thirst and hunger and also frequent urination. Further advancement ofthe disease causes several complications, such as damage to the eyes, nerves andblood vessels in the human organism. Serious problems might be diabeticketoacidosis or hyperosmolar state.
Patients suffering from diabetes should monitor their bloodsugar regularly and use insulin or medications, prescribed by their doctors.
Sudden decrease of blood sugar is also known as diabeticshock and is characterized by series of symptoms. The brain is one organ most likelyto be affected by the lack of sugar, since it uses glucose as the energysource. The function of the brain starts to decrease and the person might sufferfrom various conditions. He/she may become aggressive, extremely tired andtheir speech might be impaired. If you don’t know what’s happening, the personexperiencing diabetic shock might look to you as drunk or drugged.
Diabetic shock should be prevented and all diabetics knowthat, but the fact is – the conditions may appear in just a couple of minutesup to one hour. Some of the patients might not even recognize the first signsof diabetic shock or disregard it as unimportant at the moment.
Driving with Diabetes
The problem of normal functioning with diabetes usuallyaffects only the patients and the people around them, their spouses, kids and otherfamily. However, when it comes to diabetic patients that drive, many people areworry about the safety.
Recent case of a diabetic man driving and being stopped by apolice patrol in Oklahoma proved that it is not easy to differentiate thesymptoms of alcohol intoxication and diabetic shock. What seems to be a drunk(or drugged) driver, was a man in need of an urgent medical help.
There is a public debate about the diabetic drivers in the US.Many diabetic patients are aware that their condition might affect the drivingand the safety of all people in the traffic. Because of that, they takeprecautions, check their blood sugar before driving, take some glucose withthem in the car at all times and have a snack before driving. However, somedrivers do not take care of themselves, although they are diabetics, and theseare the threat.
Some experts believe that diabetics must be restricted todrive unless their blood glucose is within the safe range. This blanket restrictionis what already exists for alcohol consummation, and it has proven to be thegood solution. They also refer to the EU (European Union) laws, which, for morethan 10 years regulate the driving of diabetic patients.