Regulatory changes may make diabetes management easier for truckers with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes

Individuals who require insulin in order to control their type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes may be told that there are certain activities in which they cannot engage.

But what if one of these activities was your career?

A recent article published by Land Line magazine highlighted the issues that diabetic truck drivers face when it comes to meeting health criteria for employment.

Currently, truckers with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes who require insulin must have a proven three-year record of controlling their blood sugar levels while completing deliveries in their home state in order to be licensed for interstate travel, the publication explained.

However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed to remove the waiver requirement for insulin-dependent truckers, beginning in April 2012.

The news provider cited the suggested changes to section 4129 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, which state that "no period of commercial driving while using insulin can be required for anyone applying for an exemption from the physical qualification standards."

Under the revised act, truck drivers with type 1 diabetes will not need to exceed a minimum requirement of two months of demonstrated adherence to their diabetes medications while on the road, and those with type 2 diabetes will not have to complete more than one month before qualifying for interstate travel.

The news source noted that section 4129 also prohibits the discrimination of diabetic truckers that would require them to meet higher physical qualifications than non-diabetics.

Individuals who have jobs that prevent them from getting regular insulin injections may benefit from using an insulin pump. This device is designed to provide a steady low dose of insulin throughout the day in order to help people avoid instances of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia.

The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes who travel frequently should always pack a few days' more supply of diabetes medication than they expect they will need.