Motor vehicle driving and diabetes mellitus – medical aspects

Authors: Jan Brož 1;  Lenka Syčová Kriváňová 1;  Zuzana Fedáková 1;  Lilit Petrosyan 2;  Milan Kvapil 1;  Jan Polák 3
Authors‘ workplace: Intení klinika 2. LF UK a FN Motol, Praha 1;  Yerevan State Medical University, Armenia 2;  Centrum pro výzkum diabetu, metabolizmu a výživy 3. LF UK a FN Královské Vinohrady, Praha 3
Published in: Vnitř Lék 2016; 62(3): 223-225
Category: Reviews


Diabetes mellitus is a disease which may affect the eligibility to hold a driving license and increase the risk of a road accident. Hypoglycemia while driving is considered to be the most risky situation, with diabetes increasing the mentioned risk for instance due to impaired vision in the case of possible retinopathy. The group of drivers with diabetes being at the greatest risk as to accidents are those with a case history of severe hypoglycemia or hypoglycemia occurred while driving, or possibly of a road accident. Measuring glycaemia before driving and their knowledge how to prevent and treat hypoglycemia – those are the two crucial preventive elements indispensable for insulin treated diabetes patients in order to secure safe road traffic.

Key words:
diabetes mellitus – driving – hypoglycemia


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