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Old 01-03-2016, 02:51   #1
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Any avid SCUBA Divers out there?

Trying to get some guidance on diving with diabetes. I was told I had Diabetes Type II last month. My a1c blood test result was a 6.6. No medications prescribed, just attempting to treat with diet and weight control.

I have been diving for 20+ years and an instructor for three organizations, and I really enjoy the sport. So, what does having diabetes mean in regards to future diving?

According to some dive protocols:

1. Even though I am not taking MEDS to control glucose levels (Just diet and exercise), I would be required to take a self administered test before I dive.

2. I would only be able to dive for 30 minutes (in good conditions) 20 minutes in cold water or high currents.

3. Dives would be limited to no deeper than 100 feet. No cave/wreck penetration.

4. I would only be able to dive twice a day.


So, If this is what it's going to be .... Instructing is no longer an option....right??

( I also just sent an email to Divers Alert Network (DAN), requesting a booklet they have on diving with diabetes)

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Interesting thread, as I am planning to take a diving course / certificate in Oman sometime this year. For T2s, not on any meds, I do not think there should be any problem. Even if there are any stresses on the body under water, the BG should not fluctuate to any dangerous levels. But surely, more information is required. I will also take a "deeper" look into the issues involved.

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We do have another diver member, and I'm going looking for him right now. I don't remember him being quite so restricted as this.

Okay, here he is & he checked in just a few weeks ago: http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ml#post1030641




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Interesting thread, as I am planning to take a diving course / certificate in Oman sometime this year. For T2s, not on any meds, I do not think there should be any problem. Even if there are any stresses on the body under water, the BG should not fluctuate to any dangerous levels. But surely, more information is required. I will also take a "deeper" look into the issues involved.
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Prior to diving a medical history form must be completed and reviewed. If any conditions are answered yes, the individual must have a doctor evaluate them before any diving activity. For initial SCUBA Instruction this also includes pool work.

From my very limited research, the most stringent procedure for a diver with diabetes is to require a doctors statement and stress test conducted prior to diving.

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I think the real problem is they are worried about hypos whilst underwater, which is generally a type 1 issue. So many sports still treat all diabetics as having that issue as their initial rules were obviously made around insurance issues.

A doctors declaration and private insurance rather than that through the Association that you are a member of could work. Though that would depend on your State. The UK requirements are here and hopefully may give you an idea of how you can bend the US rules. In the UK there are 3 registered Diabetic Instructors, so I would say that remaining an instructor is still viable.

You may be interested in the book : The art and science of low carbohydrate performance, by Jeff S.Volek and Stephen D.Phinney. Changing over to a ketogenic base for endurance sports should help.

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I think the real problem is they are worried about hypos whilst underwater, which is generally a type 1 issue. So many sports still treat all diabetics as having that issue as their initial rules were obviously made around insurance issues.

A doctors declaration and private insurance rather than that through the Association that you are a member of could work. Though that would depend on your State. The UK requirements are here and hopefully may give you an idea of how you can bend the US rules. In the UK there are 3 registered Diabetic Instructors, so I would say that remaining an instructor is still viable.

You may be interested in the book : The art and science of low carbohydrate performance, by Jeff S.Volek and Stephen D.Phinney. Changing over to a ketogenic base for endurance sports should help.
Judy-In-France, thanks for your advice! I'll review the UK requirements and the book you recommended.

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