World Diabetes DayBusinessLive writes that November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated globally on 14 November to raise awareness about both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.  

The disease can affect anyone, at any time in their lives, and due to changing trends in lifestyle and diets, this serious condition is on the increase.  Research shows truck drivers have a higher risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.  A 2009 US study found that commercial truck drivers have a 50% higher risk of developing diabetes compared to the general population.  There are various reasons for this, including their tendency to rely on unhealthy meals on the road and decreased exercise as a result of many hours behind the wheel.  For this reason, companies who have truck drivers exposed to similar unhealthy conditions, should implement regular screening into their policies.  “If a driver contracts diabetes and it goes undetected, this not only poses a serious health risk to the driver but to their safety on the road as well,” Eugene Herbert, MD of MasterDrive pointed out.  While drivers cannot be forced to disclose personal health information, they can be provided access to resources that can help them manage diabetes or other health issues.

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