I am wondering how most insulin-dependent folks here answer the question on driver's license forms about whether you have any disease or condition that affects your ability to drive safely. I usually say "no" because in my 44 years of D and driving, no driving problems that way... But I feel kind of guilty about it?
On the topic of driver's licenses for diabetics: Does it make sense to donate your organs or are they too sugar damaged?
I think it would be a case by case question. I found an information sheet from the American Society of Transplantation that states:
If you want to be an organ donor, you must be in
good health. You may not be able to donate if you
have high blood pressure, diabetes, or other health
problems. If giving an organ puts your long-term
health at risk, you will not be able to donate. The
transplant team has the final say about your state of
It also states:
You will not be able to donate your organ if:
• Your blood/tissue is not compatible with the recipients*
• You do not understand the pros and cons of donation
• You are not acting on your own free will
• You are not healthy enough to donate
*Some centers can overcome incompatibility issues. If not, you may be able to donate to another patient. You can discuss
these options with the transplant team.
I think I'll remain a donor in the hopes that my organs will still be useful.
And yes, I am an information hound.
Ha! I wondered that too. Finally decided maybe there was still some organ left in me that might be of use, so I said yes to being a donor. I figure the doc's will sort it out. And I certainly won't miss anything.
I'd like to donate my pancreas to a politician who opposes health care for everyone.
Really? ha ha!! You are my new hero!!
I love that one. I second that. Perhaps politicians should be made to donate their good pancreas' to PWD waiting....
Well I doubt major organs would be of any use.. However I know of a diabetic of over 30 years here in the UK who passed away and was able to donate, skin tissue, corneas etc.
So I believe there are some bits of us sugar cubes that can still be of use after we go ha.
Thanks to those who have answered so far. I see there are a range of opinions on the topic. I hadn't thought in depth about the possibility of insurance repercussions... When I was young I resented the "note from your doctor every three months" requirement in the state where I grew up (Minnesota), so I fudged, teenager-style. In the state where I now live (Idaho) you can drive if you have one functioning eye (?!).
I should probably answer "yes" here. Now that I have insurance it wouldn't be such a big deal to have my doctor sign a form.
-Thanks for the ADA link, Shawnmarie.
It is listed on the renewal forms for MN, but was never a problem. When I went on Insulin, I had to disclose to the State with a form from my Endo. Same thing- no problems.
I live in Massachusetts and don't even recall the question about consiousness altering medications on the DMV form but I probably would have answered no and like you in my 37 years of D at least 34 of which I have driven I have never had an accident as a result of diabetes (knocking wood as well), just crappy drivers running red lights. I am currently involved in a Diabetes and Driving study at the University of Virginia but I was put in the "placebo" group that really just has to fill out surveys. The other 2 groups in the study actually get some drivers education and stuff to see if diabetic accident rates can be lowered. I didn't even know it was such an issue but obviously someone is funding the study.
Food for thought:
If you lie on a DL application and you are later sued for being at fault or contributing to harm that comes to somebody else, your insurance may decide NOT to cover you. Read the fine print of your insurance policy. Is the financial health of you and your family worth a little white lie?
Also read the fine print of your DL application. Many states have a statement saying something to the effect that your signature signifies that your statements are true to the best of your knowledge. Often there is a civil and or criminal penalty that can befall you if you get caught in a lie.
Fibbing on a driver's license application may never be caught. But who really wants to bet it won't against going to jail or bankruptcy. It might be a hassle, but there is a reason that the old saying "honesty is the best policy" is an old saying.