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Posted : October 26, 2011
I have type 2 diabetes (treated with insulin for three years) but with no significant changes over ten years. I had 2x bypass last November and declared fit to excercise and ski at altitude etc. The diving doctor in Edinburgh says no point in medical as diabetes banned and bypass could e related. Should I still find a diving doctor who will give me a medical.

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Posted : November 23, 2011
Sorry for the delayed response.

Diabetes is not banned, and hasn't been since the 1980's, so you've been given incorrect advice there. Diabetics who are well controlled, have no complications, and are not susceptible to unexplained hypoglycaemic episodes, can be considered for diving.

However, the bypass operation may be relevant, and could be considered as a "complication" of the diabetes. This needs to be scrutinised by a doctor experienced in cardiology and diving medicine, so do have a look around locally for someone.

Regards

Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
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