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Insulin Diabetes and the Commercial Truck Driver

Diabetes and the Truck Driver

Diabetes and the Truck Driver

Regulations surrounding the commercial truck driver seem to change daily.  Often, these new regulations and policies can be confusing, especially for those just beginning their career in professional truck driving.  As guidelines for medical qualifications become more strict, truck drivers about to take the DOT medical examination should understand what conditions may or may not disqualify them from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

Diabetes is a serious disease that causes more deaths every year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.  Although the FMCSA provides much information about diabetes and the commercial truck driver, there is still much confusion about the qualification procedures for passing the DOT medical exam for drivers who have diabetes.  More importantly, what are the guidelines for a truck driver with insulin controlled diabetes?   What about blood pressure?   Sleep apnea?  Vision and hearing?

According to the FMCSA,  Regulation 391.41(b)(3) states that a person will be disqualified from driving a commercial motor vehicle if they have an:  “established medical history or clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus currently requiring insulin for control.” On the other hand, the diabetes waiver program states that a person will be allowed to operate a commercial motor vehicle if they are found to be fit under medical conditions . . . even with insulin controlled diabetes.

It’s time to set the record straight . . .

Dr. Randolph Rosarion

Dr. Randolph Rosarion

Dr. Randolph Rosarion is a DOT Medical Examiner with 17 years experience, examining several hundred truck drivers per year from his Sands Point Medical Rehab practice in Elmhurst, New York.  With a full understanding of the DOT and FMCSA regulations,  he is clearly a leader when it comes to fully understanding the medical requirements for the commercial truck driver, specifically those dealing with diabetes and the use of insulin.

Dr. Rosarion was our special guest on Truth About Trucking “LIVE” on Thursday, September 30th, 2010.  Discussing the four main conditions which will fail a driver from receiving their medical card, he also set the record straight when it comes to truck driving with diabetes and diabetes controlled through insulin.  The diabetes medical waiver and the FMCSA regulations were also discussed in detail.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 34 year veteran ( started at an early age in family moving business) of the trucking industry, many of those years spent over the road. He has been an owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and has owned and operated a moving company, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. One thing though that most will say is that the reason and motivation behind the author, Allen Smith, is the fact he is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. As you read many of the blog posts you’ll discover that he is opinionated and speaks openly about the ongoing issues of the trucking industry. He supports other fellow advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who are in need of honesty, guidance and direction. The list of supporters and like minded people grows daily and their ability to network together and share their thoughts and ideas for the betterment of others within trucking, has allowed the forward movement of... "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Robert Fletcher

    Is there a time table for a driver to be off work due to the mediacation coumadin

  2. Robert Fletcher

    restrictions on coumadin

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