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Posted : September 28, 2006
I am a keen diver but have recently been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Am I still allowed to dive?
my email address is marycberry@gmail.com
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Posted : September 28, 2006
Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. All is not necessarily lost as regards diving, however; many diabetics can still dive. The key is to know your illness - recognition of hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar) episodes is vital, and good control of your blood sugars essential. You need to be free of complications of diabetes (mainly eye and kidney problems) and understand the relationship between diabetes and exercise. You may have to limit your dives, usually to less than 30m and to less than 60 mins, and avoid anything that might bring on low sugar levels (eg cold, strenuous dives). Once your diabetes is stable and you have been on medication for a good while (6 months or so) then ring up your local dive doctor to discuss things - every diabetic diver needs individual assessment. Good luck!
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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