Trouble is brewing:

What Pilots and Truckers and Diabetes have in Common….
by Cathy M. Nenninger, MBA, President
New World Medical Tourism LLC, 800-475-7284

Let’s face it… any operator of any type of heavy equipment, who also has diabetes and is unable to keep their blood sugar controlled through diet, exercise and medications, constitutes a recipe for disaster. The fact that people have no knowledge that they can reverse type-2 diabetes overnight through a surgical procedure is quite surprising.

Risk Exists

I was recently contacted by a trucker for a large trucking outfit. I will withhold his name and company for privacy reasons. Let’s just call him Jack from ABC Trucking. Jack, shared his grave concern that he has been unable to control his blood sugars. They rise and fall dramatically – leaving all other drivers on the road at risk as well. He wants to have a type-2 diabetes reversal but he doesn’t have the $20,000 for the procedure. He’s afraid he will lose his job and the ability to support his family if this happens, not to mention the devastation that could arise if he becomes confused by low blood sugar or becomes unable to see due to high blood sugar. This is an accident waiting to happen.

What’s the big deal? Lots of people have Diabetes

Diabetes wreaks havoc on the body. Over time, if you are unable to keep your blood sugars controlled, one will become at risk for significant organ damage, heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and even amputation due to wounds and infections that won’t heal. A trucker, for instance, could have swings in blood sugars. When my own blood sugar used to drop to 40, I would become shaky, nauseous, confused and I needed a quick burst of sugar to get the levels up. Imagine being behind the wheel if this happens. When my blood sugars were high, I noticed the inability to see clearly… another hazard when operating a vehicle of any sort.

So what can be done to reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

After working with a nutritionist, a personal trainer, and working out extensively, my blood sugar continued to spiral out of control. I decided before the disease impacted my organs and longevity, I would reverse it NOW. I went for the “Metabolic Surgery” in May 2013. It was the best thing I ever did for myself. I would not have qualified for the surgery based on the requirements within the United States since my BMI did not equate to morbidly obese. I also would have been required to go through extensive psychiatric evaluation and attend physical classes to learn about the lifestyle change – time that I simply didn’t have.

Understand, surgery is and should be always a last resort. Never take surgery lightly. Also understand that undergoing metabolic surgery requires a mindset that you will NEVER be able to return to eating the way you used to. For those who are emotional eaters, you should consult with your primary care physician and your therapist to talk about overcoming your own issues. I can honestly say, however, that I was in the right mindset when I had this done and that the last year has not only been rewarding having reversed type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure, overnight, gotten off all of the medications associated with both, but also, the reward and good feeling of losing 60 pounds has improved my overall mobility, my desire to be healthier and more active, and simply given me a more positive view of myself.

What should safety, human resources, and risk management directors of airlines, trucking companies and all heavy equipment operators be doing?

It is critical that these companies be proactive with their employees. Encourage the employees who are hiding their diabetes to come forward; if they do, the company should consider paying for their type 2 diabetes reversal knowing that it is the right thing to do, that it will enhance the likelihood to stay alert and operate safely, and will also impact the longevity of their employment and life. If individuals have specific questions about the procedure, you are welcome to reach me through our 800 line at extension 703.