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By Phoebe Chi, MD, MPH Do you enjoy salty snacks? Or find yourself reaching for the salt shaker at the dinner table? If you do, you are not alone. In general, people in the U.S. eat much more sodium (salt) than they should. But why is it important to watch the amount of sodium you eat? It is because the more sodium you consume, the higher your blood pressure becomes. Some conditions, such as certain heart…
Source: Trucking and fatigue | More accurate ways to detect and combat fatigue | Technology content from Fleet Owner Fatigue plays a significant role in driver performance, job satisfaction, and safety on the road. Measuring fatigue with technology (i.e. biometric devices) like the Readiband from Fatigue Science and others from companies like Circadian Fatigue Management is one way to do this, as well as the proactive measures that can be taken by employers, such as allowing truck drivers sufficient rest and […]
Source: Individualized exam schedule for diabetic eye disease | National Institutes of Health (NIH) Study showed that the convention of yearly dilated eye exam screening can be individually tailored, depending on the initial severity of the retinopathy in individuals with type 1 diabetes. Those with no signs of retinopathy may be evaluated every 4 years, those with mild retinopathy every 3 years, moderate every 6 months and severe every 3 months. This may result in fewer examinations in some individuals and still […]
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Typically used in Type 2 Diabetes they decrease glucose absorption and increase urinary glucose excretion. FDA Warns of Ketoacidosis Risk with Newer Diabetes Drugs.
New diabetes standard for commercial drivers in the works: Land Line Magazine.
An important FMCSA webpage. Includes Executive Summaries, Full Evidence Reports, and Expert Panel Opinions on various medical conditions that affect commercial driver certification such as OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) and other sleep disorders,diabetes mellitus, cochlear implants, seizure disorder, drug & medication use and more. If you are getting ready for a DOT physical and have medical issues, we will help you navigate through the confusion and separate fact from fiction. Call now to book your DOT physical at 718-701-5949. […]
Are you a commercial driver who is diabetic and using insulin? Insulin treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) is one of the four non-discetionary standards. Other medical conditions that are also non-discretionary (meaning the medical examiner must follow certain rules or laws set by the FMCSA in determining driver qualification) are history of epilepsy or seizures, not meeting the vision standards and or the hearing standards . A special piece of paper called an exemption is required, and can only be […]
Drivers be prepared form your next DOT physical with OOIDA’s Human Factor Health-Well For Life Program. I have been seeing an increasing number of drivers in my office with significant medical issues well beyond the more common hypertension, diabetes and the sleep apnea issues. Since the certified medical examiner program has started it seems that drivers with other significant medical issues like undiagnosed kidney disease, recurrent lung infections, psychiatric issues, as well as other less common systemic medical conditions are […]
As we know, life on the road is difficult for the truck driver. Hard hours, a sedentary lifestyle and a host of unhealthy temptations at truck stops are some of the causes of the high rate of obesity, hypertension and related co-morbidities such as sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease in drivers. But, it does not need to be that way as we can see in this NY Times article. Like anything else in life, with a little effort and determination […]
May is national high blood pressure awareness month. High blood pressure is probably one of the most common findings during a Dot physical-not surprisingly, as hypertension affects approximately 31% of the U.S. population, which translates to more than 60 million Americans. Having high blood pressure will not only limit how long you can be certified for during the DOT physical, but may prevent you from passing the physical. Most importantly, hypertension causes significant health risks, and can strike without […]
According to Veteran Administration’s Office of Research and Development 20% of the veterans that use the VA health care system have type 2 diabetes mellitus, compared to 8.3% of the general population. That adds up to approximately 1 million veterans with type 2 diabetes. VA Battling Silent Epidemic.