Divers with diabetes have long been vocal advocates of their ability to dive safely, despite the reservations of many in the diving community over the half-century since scuba was popularized.
Now there's good news for divers with diabetes. All the details are published in the workshop proceedings Diabetes and Recreational Diving: Guidelines for the Future, a compilation of papers, discussions and information presented at an international workshop addressing issues of diabetes and recreational diving.
Jointly sponsored by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and Divers Alert Network (DAN), the meeting brought together experts and interested parties from around the world.
On June 19, 2005, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, more than 50 individuals from seven nations, mostly clinicians and researchers, participated in the lively discussions to come to agreement on appropriate guidelines.
The end result was that dive candidates who use medication (oral hypoglycemic agents [OHAs] or insulin) to treat diabetes but who are otherwise qualified to dive may undertake recreational scuba diving, provided certain criteria are met. Those using dietary control will easily meet the guidelines.
The consensus guidelines consist of 19 points, under the categories of selection and surveillance, scope of diving and glucose management on the day of diving. The one-page summary of all the discussions will be found in the attached PDF document, but we encourage everyone to read the full reasoning behind each suggestion.
There's much more on this sometimes-controversial, always-interesting topic. Dive leaders, instructors, educators, physicians, clinicians and avid divers can all benefit from the collective wisdom in these proceedings. p> To order your copy today call DAN and ask for Guidelines for Diabetes and Recreational Diving; product code 401-7200; $22.
Pollock NW, Uguccioni DM, Dear GdeL, eds., Diabetes and recreational diving: guidelines for the future. Proceedings of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society/Divers Alert Network 2005 June 19 Workshop. Durham, NC: Divers Alert Network; 2005, 136 pages.