Diabetes Forecast

Website Training Reduces Driving Mishaps

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
cars on highway showing sideview mirror


Some people with diabetes are at increased risk for driving mishaps such as collisions or citations because of impaired thinking and reflexes from very low blood glucose. An investigational website may help reduce that risk. Of 1,768 people with type 1 diabetes, 379 were identified as high-risk drivers. Over the next year, those participants were 2.6 times more likely to have driving mishaps (about 6.5 per person) than the 122 low-risk individuals (about 2.5 per person), although the cause was not necessarily blood glucose–related. But when two-thirds of them used the site’s five-week educational program—which included how to assemble a “toolkit” to keep in the car in case of a low—they had half the number of driving mishaps as did high-risk people who received no education.
Source: 2014 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions



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