Here’s Why You Should Not Drive With Low Blood Sugar


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Consider taking the wheel for a holiday trip this season? well, you may want to reconsider doing that if you suspect of having low blood sugar. Driving when your blood sugar is low is just as dangerous -in some cases, even more so- than drunk driving, and has a lot of the consequences.

Most people know that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous, but driving with low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia, is also very dangerous. People with diabetes who drive at the wrong time can black out behind the wheel and injure or kill another person — or themselves.

Amy Kranick, RD, a certified diabetes educator has something to say about driving with low blood sugar: “If something happens and they pull your blood sugar records and find out that you didn’t check before you drove, you can lose your license. I have seen some patients have their license taken away and it is very difficult to get it back.”

 Having hypoglycemia means that your blood sugar levels have fallen too low to support the needs of your body and brain.Well, what happens when your blood sugar takes a nose dive, you might wonder. Some symptoms of it are:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Tremors or trembling
  • Pale skin
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion

The best course of action you can take is to plan ahead. Check your blood sugar before taking the wheel, even it out by eating something like glucose tabs and keep some snacks in the car for any emergencies.

Driving with diabetes can be safe as long as you keep track of your blood sugar levels.