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3.1.1 Effects of diabetes on driving

Diabetes may affect a person’s ability to drive, either through a ‘severe hypoglycaemic event’ or from end-organ effects on relevant functions, including effects on vision, the heart and the peripheral nerves and vasculature of the extremities, particularly the feet. In people with type 2 diabetes, sleep apnoea is also more common (refer to section 8 Sleep disorders). The main hazard in people with insulin- treated diabetes is the unexpected occurrence of hypoglycaemia.