Food & Diabetes

Having diabetes does not necessarily mean that you need to have a special diet.  You should ensure you eat a healthy diet high in fibre, fruit and vegetables and low in fat, salt and sugar.


It is important to recognise the effects of different foods, and ensure you are consuming the correct amount of glucose for the insulin you are taking.

Pregnancy & Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes which affects women during pregnancy.


During pregnancy, some women have higher than normal levels of glucose in their blood and their body is unable to make enough insulin to move it all into the cells.  Therefore the level of glucose in the blood increases.

How common is it?

Between 2 and 5% of women in England & Wales have diabetes with most of them having gestational diabetes.  Gestational diabetes can generally be controlled by diet and exercise, however some women with gestational diabetes may need medication.


It is important to diagnose and control gestational diabetes as it could lead to increased risk of birth complications, such as Macrosomia which is a condition where babies are large for their gestational age.


Usually gestational diabetes develops in the third develops in the third trimester and disappears after the baby is born.  However, women who develop gestational diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes later in life.

Lorry and/or Bus Drivers

Start treatment with tablets

You start treatment with a sulphonylurea or a glinide

You start treatment with insulin

You have vision problems in legs or feet

An existing medical condition gets worse or you develop another condition which may affect driving.

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Regular Testing

Testing your blood is a very important part of diabetes control.  If you test on a regular basis you will have a better overview of your blood glucose and know whether your management plan is effective.  In fact it has been proven that regular testing can improve your blood glucose control.  With a good idea of your blood glucose you will notice changes in your blood glucose sooner and be able to adapt accordingly.

When do you need to tell the DVLA?

Blood Glucose Record

You can download the Suresign Blood Glucose Record to keep a track of your numbers on a daily basis.  You can then try to set goals and monitor your progress.


Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is important for diabetics as physical activity has been proven to have a large impact on controlling both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.  Not only can exercise lower blood glucose, it can also lower blood pressure, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, raise HDL (good) cholesterol, lower the risk of stroke or heart attack and improve the body's ability to use insulin.


Before undertaking any new activity you should speak to your medical professional as your insulin treatment may need to be adjusted as a result.


You should aim to at least do the recommended amount of 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week.

Diabetes & Driving

If your diabetes is well controlled and your doctor agrees that you are safe to drive, there should be no reason why you cannot continue to drive or apply for a license.

Who do you need to inform?

Insurance company

In all cases, by law you must inform your insurance company that you have diabetes

DVLA - You must inform the DVLA:

If your diabetes is treated with insulin.

The first time you apply for a driving license you must inform the DVLA if your diabetes is treated with tablets or insulin.

If you suffer more than one episode of severe hypoglycaemia within the last 12 months

If you have problems with vision or need laser treatment in both eyes or in the remaining eye if you have sight in one eye only.

If you develop any problems with circulation in your legs or feet which makes it necessary for you to drive certain types of vehicles only.

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