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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Truck Drivers and Diabetes
The following is a guest post thanks to and written by Elisabeth Almekinder RN, BA, CDE. She is a member of a team consisting of 5 dedicated individuals that run a web-site called Great information for all drivers, check them out at the links provided.

America was not built on the rails system, but was instead built as a country with national highways and commercial trucks are essentials to get merchandise around. We truck drivers have tons of freedom, independence, we get to see so much more than the average person while traveling across the country doing what many of us love. However, all the benefits do have some downsides to it.

Commercial Truck driving is tough on your body as well as your mind. We’re told to keep our bodies healthy, but it’s not always possible with the fast paced lifestyle that we lead. When you have to make it somewhere, you do not have time to make your super healthy meals. You might not be able to cook your foods, there are many luxuries that you won’t have, forget what many consider necessities.

It’s also one of the reasons that Long Haul Truck Drivers have twice the amount of risk of Type 2 Diabetes 14% vs the general population 7%.

If you are a truck driver who was recently diagnosed, or you are planning on becoming a truck driver, there is so much that you need to know. Are you planning on driving interstate, what do you need to apply for? Previously as early back as 2005, if you had Type 1 Diabetes and required insulin, you were unable to drive in interstate commerce. Thankfully we now have laws protecting us, but do you know what is required of us?

What is the difference if you have Type 1 vs Type 2 Diabetes, can you get a CDL? How do you get a waiver, what are the requirements to apply for one? What kind of physical exams are required?

There really is so much to learn, and if you go about this blindly, you will be doing countless hours of research, and you might not even be sure where to start. I’m sharing a post from The Diabetes Council, which is titled Commercial Truck Driving and Diabetes: Everything You Need To Know -
. It’s a great starting point, if you are a truck driver with Diabetes.

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