Type 2 Diabetes

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John Y.'s Comment
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Thinking about attending a CDL school. I take oral medication only and just had my blood labs drawn 06/18/20 and my a1c is 6.8 So my question or questions are: 1) Does the dot physician/physical test for sugar in blood or urine? 2) Do I even have to tell the physician that I take oral medication. 3) I’ve read on this forum where I should take my latest results with me to the school to give to the physician.

I have never been to an Endocrinologist what so ever, but I’ve also read on here that they will want a medical release from an Endocrinologist or possibly even my personal Dr.

Any suggestions from you all would be a huge help before I leave my Fulltime job now to try an become a commercial driver.

Thanks all and stay safe...!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Thomas H.'s Comment
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Thinking about attending a CDL school. I take oral medication only and just had my blood labs drawn 06/18/20 and my a1c is 6.8 So my question or questions are: 1) Does the dot physician/physical test for sugar in blood or urine? 2) Do I even have to tell the physician that I take oral medication. 3) I’ve read on this forum where I should take my latest results with me to the school to give to the physician.

I have never been to an Endocrinologist what so ever, but I’ve also read on here that they will want a medical release from an Endocrinologist or possibly even my personal Dr.

Any suggestions from you all would be a huge help before I leave my Fulltime job now to try an become a commercial driver.

Thanks all and stay safe...!

From my experience, you will go through a series of questions And the nurse gives you tests before seeing the DOT-approved physician. There is at least a question asking about diabetes. And if you mention that to the nurse, s/he will do a urine test to see if you are under control of your glucoses before seeing the doctor; else after seeing the doctor which takes more time. I would recommend you to be honest on your reply...or pay for it dearly. Also, some clinics will desire to see your medications and A1C report before approve you...so you may like to call ahead or be prepared.

If you have diabetes, you will be doing the physical every year instead of every two years which, imho...no biggie.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

Tim F.'s Comment
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Hey John,

I’m a type 2 diabetic. Here’s what I had/have to do each year I go for a fit physical. The DOT doctor will have a form asking various questions. Most of them have to do with the treatment you are receiving, results of your last A1C. Medications you take. If you have had a ant adverse “diabetic ketosis”...that’s when you spill large amounts of protein in your urine...your last eye exam. They want to look for diabetic retinopathy.

It’s a relatively simple process, you just need to be prepared with the correct information. You could probably call ahead if your physical and discuss it with the physicians office ahead of time.

Good luck.

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.

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