[abstract] DIABETES AMONG RECREATIONAL DIVERS.

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Title: [abstract] DIABETES AMONG RECREATIONAL DIVERS.
Author: Dear, GdeL; Dovenbarger, JA; Corson, KS; Stolp, BW; Moon, RE
Abstract: Background: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is usually considered a contraindication to scuba diving. This study was designed to obtain information about diabetics who may be diving despite medical advice. Methods: A questionnaire was published in the Alert Diver, a magazine mailed to all DAN members (approx. 90,000 for this issue). Results: Within 6 months of publication 110 individuals responded, of which 79 were insulin dependent (IDDM). Thirty-five percent had been diving longer than 10 years. Total man-dives were 48,663 (median number = 100). One had experienced decompression illness (AGE). Disease duration range was 0-38 years (mean 12.4). Diabetes related complications (renal, cardiac, eye) were present in 27%. Other characteristics are shown in the table. Conclusion: Some diabetics can scuba dive safely, though with a significant incidence of hypoglycemia. Bias in the sample undoubtedly exists because the sample does not include diabetics who have discontinued diving because of complications. ALL (%) IDDM (%); N 110 79; Mean Age (years) 42.3 39.6; Age Range (years) 16-67 16-57; Dx before diving 69 (65) 52 (68); Hospitalized for DM 40 (38) 37 (49); Checks BS Daily 67 (64) 59 (79); Hypoglycemia ~ 6 X 62 (68) 58 (75); Hypogl. during exercise 46 (44) 42 (55); Hypogl. while diving 13 (13) 11 (15); Insulin .l-on dive day 53 (57) 49 (67); Checks BS before dive 73 (72) 61 (84); Checks BS after dive 48 (51) 45 (66); Glucose lower post-dive 15 (20) 12 (20).
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting held June 22-26, 1994. Westin Hotel, Denver, Colorado (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/5772
Date: 1994

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