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Car Crash Risk Greater for Diabetics with Tight Blood Sugar Control | Diabetes News Hound | January 7, 2010

The study examined A1C levels of 795 Canadian drivers with diabetes. A1C is a test that measures blood sugar control over several months. An ideal reading for someone with diabetes is between 6.5 and 7.0 or lower. The study compared the test scores with the number of drivers that had been the driver in a car crash.

What they found was that the average A1C level for those that had been in an accident was 7.4, while it was 7.9 for those not in an accident. The study suggests that about one third of the 57 car crashes in the study might be attributable to the lower blood sugar test scores. Researchers say the results held steady even when they looked at several variables, including the length of time someone had been on the road at the time of the crash or what kinds of medication they are taking.

However, the study cannot take into account the individual choices those drivers made and the possibility that others with higher A1C readings may more easily identify a low blood sugar level and decide to not get behind the wheel. There are a number of factors that can skew the results that cannot be taken into account for such a study.

via Car Crash Risk Greater for Diabetics with Tight Blood Sugar Control | Diabetes News Hound.

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