Smart Driving for the Diabetic Teen

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The Problem

Statistically approximately 176,500 people aged 20 years or younger have diabetes representing 22 percent of this age group. One of the biggest moments in a teenager's life is to get their driver's license. While it gives the new driver a tremendous amount of freedom, it brings on a tremendous amount of responsibility. Driving is a very complex skill but with diabetes, they can be affected with changes to their physical, emotional, and mental condition. Some of these changes include symptoms such as, feeling sleepy or dizzy, feeling confused, having blurred vision or possibly lose consciousness or have a seizure while driving.

Plan of Action

The educational training session will address the following issues: To avoid driving with low blood glucose, check your blood glucose level before getting in the car. If it's low, treat the hypoglycemia and wait until you're at a safer level before driving. Keep your glove compartment stocked with glucose tablets and snacks. If you feel light-headed or low while driving, pull over immediately and check your glucose. Treat the hypoglycemia and don't start out again until your glucose rises again.

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