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Can I drive a car if my blood sugar is out of the normal range?

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Never drive a car if you have hypoglycemia or suspect it is coming on. Diabetic shock can cause you to pass out behind the wheel. If you are driving and notice symptoms, stop and check your blood sugar. If it's low, take a snack and don't start driving until the level is back in the normal range.

SOURCES:

University of Medicine Health System: "Hypoglycemia (Insulin Reaction)."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Hypoglycemia (Low blood glucose)."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Hypoglycemia."

MayoClinic.com: "Diabetic Coma."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 28, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Medicine Health System: "Hypoglycemia (Insulin Reaction)."

American Diabetes Association: "Living With Diabetes: Hypoglycemia (Low blood glucose)."

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: "Hypoglycemia."

MayoClinic.com: "Diabetic Coma."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 28, 2018

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