If you’ve always wanted to dive but have been held back by your diabetes, now’s the time to take the plunge.
New advice from the Australian Diabetes Society (ADS) says recreational scuba diving is a safe pursuit for people with insulin-dependent diabetes, provided their diabetes is well controlled.
“The ADS recognises that with appropriate preparation, experience and adherence to the new recommendations, people with diabetes are able to dive safely”Professor Sof Andrikopoulos
However, the ADS says diving should not be undertaken by people with hypoglycaemia unawareness, recent severe hypoglycaemia, or complications.
“Recreational diving places greater demands on the body; in particular on the cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic systems,” says Professor Andrikopoulos.
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“Any sudden and unexpected alteration in consciousness due to hypoglycaemia can be extremely dangerous or fatal to a diver and their dive partner.”
The new position statement includes criteria to help healthcare professionals determine an individual’s suitability to dive and protocols to ensure they dive safely.
The last position statement from the ADS was over 20 years ago and recommended that those with type 1 not participate in scuba diving.