Blood Sugar/Diabetes?

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Beth S.'s Comment
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I know it's illegal for insulin-dependent diabetics to drive without a waiver, but do the companies test anything in the physicals that would tell them if your blood sugar was abnormally high?

S.B.'s Comment
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I know it's illegal for insulin-dependent diabetics to drive without a waiver, but do the companies test anything in the physicals that would tell them if your blood sugar was abnormally high?

No trucking experience, so I can't tell you what they specifically look for during the dot physical, but I do have Nursing experience. Yes if they run a urinalysis along with the drug testing, it will show high blood sugar. The other way to tell is hemoglobin, which would require them to run a test on your blood called an A1C.

Anything over 200 is seriously dangerous, and from a quick google search, that's also the number if your above, no driving per regulations.

If your urinalysis shows high blood sugar, they will confirm it with an A1C for a diagnosis.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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Yes, they take a urine sample to check your blood sugar levels.

Beth S.'s Comment
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Thanks y'all. Mine isn't over 200, fasting is about 115...which isn't good, but isn't considered full-on diabetic. However, I can raise it to almost 200 by eating oatmeal. Guess I better not eat oatmeal!

(I'm working on lowering it by diet)

Medicine Man 's Comment
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This might be a bit out there but Apple cider vinegar has been shown in studies to help with blood sugar levels in everyone. It is the most effective in pre diabetics. I think you take it before each meal.

The thing is it has to be vinegar with the "mother" in it. The mother is this cloudiness in it. For more info look it up online.

Beth S.'s Comment
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Already on it, Medicine Man. I just started adding a bit to my water throughout the day. I should probably focus on before meals, as it helps with no heartburn as well.

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