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Discussion in 'Driving and DVLA' started by Nausicaa, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Nausicaa

    Nausicaa Type 2 · Member

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    Hello all, been a T2 tablet controlled for 18yrs so had no restrictions. I am being put on insulin as well as my tablets in 2 weeks time. How will this effect my licence and insurance? I need my car to get to work so am quiet worried. Do I wait until my appointment with my go to then tell the dvla? I'll be started on taking it only once a day in the evening.
    Thanks in advance for all info and help x
     
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  2. CherryAA

    CherryAA Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Nausica. sorry to hear that your diabetes now needs insulin to be controlled. As a matter of interest do you eat a low carb diet - i.e. no wheat, sugar, pasta, rice, bread ? many of us have found that we can avoid insulin by making this dietary switch. so it might be worth exploring changing your diet to bring down your Hba1C.

    I myself refused insulin or indeed any drugs and within a few months normalised by blood sugar. The details are in my signature , there are many other examples on here.

    There is quite a lot of confusion about insulin in terms of treatment. If your body cannot make insulin then you need it. If it can but its not working properly then by changing diet you can reduce how much your body needs it and so possibly avoid the need to actually inject it and thus have to deal with your other worries like, telling your employers or your driving license.

    Did your doctor actually check what your fasting insulin levels are? or give you any specialist tests before prescribing it?

    Others will be along to give you more details about a low carb diet as a means of managing diabetes without drugs and the practical implications of injecting insulin.
     
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    CarbsRok Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Once you start insulin, you need to tell the DVLA and your licence will then be restricted to a 3 year licence with certain categories removed.
    This link allows you to fill in the form on line or download a form https://www.gov.uk/diabetes-driving
     
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  4. Nausicaa

    Nausicaa Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks CherryAA, a low to no carb doesn't work for me but I've been cutting down where I can
    I've been through a lot of tests and various different medications and currently on triple therapy which isn't working so insulin (long lasting injecting once a day) is the way to go at the moment
     
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    Maximoos1982 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I really worried as I’ve been a type 2 diabetic now since 2012 and not one healthcare professional has told me that I need to tell the DVLA. I am now due to start on insulin in a few weeks and so what do I need to do x
     
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    leahkian · Well-Known Member

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    Every diabetic who takes insulin needs to inform the DVLA and they will write to your consultant to see how well your diabetes is controled, as well as sending you a form that you have to fill in. In the form they ask you about do you test your blood before driving and have you had 2 or more bad hypos in the last 12 months, if you have they may revoke licence for 3 months so be careful of what you put. You may also have to go to get you eyes checked but while all this is going on the normally let you drive, like someone has said you need to review your licence every 3 years. If you have any surgery in the 3 years you have to inform them if you are not allowed to drive for a certain time, you also have to inform the insurance company of your change to insulin if you do not your insurance will be invalid. I had to reply 7 times until i got a transplant and got my licence every time and i had laser treatment and 5 ops on my eyes so i think you should get it. Sometimes it takes any where from 3-6 months for them to sort it out. Now that i have had a transplant i have to reply for my licence every 10 years, if you have any worries ask your DNS for advice and phone the DVLA up and ask them what you should do,
     
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