may drive and need not notify the DVLA, provided: no more than 1 episode of severe hypoglycaemia while awake in the last 12 months and the most recent episode occurred more than 3 months ago. should practise appropriate glucose monitoring at times relevant to driving.
Can I drive if I take metformin?
If your blood sugar levels are stable, taking metformin should not affect your ability to drive, cycle or use machinery and tools. Metformin itself will not make your blood sugar levels too low, but your doctor might prescribe it alongside other medicines for diabetes that can affect your blood sugar.
Do I need to tell the DVLA if I take metformin?
You do not need to tell the DVLA this, however it does need to be mentioned on your D4 medical. See our post on insulin which goes through the different medication you need to monitor your blood sugars with.
Can you still drive with type 2 diabetes?
People with diabetes are fine to drive as long as certain medical requirements are met. Depending on your medication regimen, you may have more or less relaxed conditions under which you can drive. You should inform the DVLA if any of the following conditions apply: You are taking insulin.
Does type 2 diabetes have to be reported to DVLA?
If you’re keeping your diabetes under control with diet only, then you do not need to tell DVLA. However, if you’re taking medication to control your diabetes, the following applies: if your diabetes is treated by insulin, you must tell DVLA.
What blood sugar level is too high to drive?
Do not continue driving until your blood glucose is above 70 mg/dl for at least 45 minutes. Stop to check your blood glucose at least every two hours (or as often as directed by your health care provider).
What should I avoid while taking metformin?
Avoid consuming large amounts of alcohol while on metformin. Drinking alcohol while taking metformin increases your risk of developing low blood sugar or even lactic acidosis. According to the University of Michigan, you should avoid eating high-fiber foods after taking metformin.
Do I have to declare type 2 diabetes on travel insurance?
Is type 2 diabetes a pre-existing condition for travel insurance? Even if you don’t need to manage your Type 2 diabetes with medication, you still need to declare and cover it on your travel insurance as a pre-existing medical condition.
Can you lose your license if you have diabetes?
Currently, the law states that people with diabetes can lose their driving licence if they have had two or more severe hypo attacks in a year, even if they are asleep when one of the episodes take place.
Do you have to declare type 2 diabetes car insurance?
When applying for car insurance you must declare all ‘material facts’. Diabetes is a material fact, so you need to declare it. The main danger of diabetes and driving is the possibility of having a hypoglycaemic episode (hypo), which could impair your judgement and lead to an accident.
Will my car insurance go up if I have diabetes?
Having diabetes can mean that your insurance premiums are higher, but shop around and you could help to offset the extras charged by the insurance companies.
Is having diabetes a disability?
Specifically, federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, protect qualified individuals with a disability. Since 2009, amendments and regulations for these laws make clear that diabetes is a disability since it substantially limits the function of the endocrine system.
What are the side effects of metformin?
Nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, weakness, or a metallic taste in the mouth may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. If stomach symptoms return later (after taking the same dose for several days or weeks), tell your doctor right away.
Can diabetes affect driving?
Many complications of diabetes can potentially impair driving performance, including those affecting vision, cognition and peripheral neural function. Hypoglycemia is a common side-effect of insulin and sulfonylurea therapy, impairing many cognitive domains necessary for safe driving performance.
What illnesses do you have to notify DVLA?
You must tell DVLA if you have a driving licence and: you develop a ‘notifiable’ medical condition or disability.
Telling DVLA about a medical condition or disability
- diabetes or taking insulin.
- syncope (fainting)
- heart conditions (including atrial fibrillation and pacemakers)
- sleep apnoea.
When do you inform DVLA of diabetes?
You need to tell DVLA if: your insulin treatment lasts (or will last) over 3 months. you had gestational diabetes (diabetes associated with pregnancy) and your insulin treatment lasts over 3 months after the birth.