Blood sugar monitoring and diabetes

Blood sugar monitoring is an important aspect of diabetes management. For individuals with diabetes who work as Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers, regular monitoring of blood sugar levels is crucial for maintaining safe driving practices.

If you have diabetes and work as an HGV driver, you should aim to monitor your blood sugar levels regularly throughout the day. The frequency of monitoring may depend on your individual diabetes management plan, as well as your driving schedule and habits.

Here are some general guidelines for blood sugar monitoring for HGV drivers with diabetes:

  1. Check your blood sugar levels within 2 hours before driving. If your blood sugar level is too low or too high, it can affect your ability to drive safely.
  2. Check your blood sugar levels every 2 hours while driving.
  3. Keep a record of your blood sugar levels. This can help you and your healthcare team identify patterns and make adjustments to your management plan as needed.
  4. Always carry a supply of fast-acting carbohydrates with you, such as glucose tablets or juice. These will help in case your blood sugar level drops too low while driving.
  5. If you have any concerns about your blood sugar levels or driving safety, speak with your healthcare team for guidance and support.
  6. If changing diabetic treatment, make sure your doctor knows you are a truck driver.

In addition to blood sugar monitoring, it’s important for HGV drivers with diabetes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Try to include regular exercise and a balanced diet, to help manage blood sugar levels and overall health.

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