You may have caught a Connecticut news story about an auto accident caused by a health emergency. Your mind may jump to assume the driver had a heart attack or stroke. While that may be, another common cause is the driver had a diabetic issue that caused the health emergency. According to the New York Times, diabetes can cause extreme lows in your blood sugar which can result in disorientation, vision issues and delayed motor skills.

Hypoglycemia is a sudden occurrence of low blood sugar. It comes on suddenly and without warning. You may never know that you are reaching this danger zone unless you check your blood sugar regularly. A safety tip for any diabetic is to check your blood sugar before driving. This can help signal to you if hypoglycemia is a concern and allow you to take steps to avoid it.

It is not uncommon for diabetics to not even realize this is a huge issue. Some may notice signals that it is happening and be able to correct it. Others may not notice before it is too late and they cause an accident. It is more typical for those with Type 1 diabetes. If you are a Type 2 diabetic, though, it could also happen to you, so you need to be aware.

At its worst, hypoglycemia can lead to seizures or loss of consciousness. You will be so far gone by that point that you will not have the chance to react and get your vehicle to a safe place. It is much better to prepare before traveling and stay on top of your blood sugar levels when you are driving. This information is for education and is not legal advice.