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Diabetes mellitus in aircrew--type I diabetes in a pilot.

Authors
  • Gray, G W
  • Dupré, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Publisher
Aerospace Medical Association
Publication Date
May 01, 1995
Volume
66
Issue
5
Pages
449–452
Identifiers
PMID: 7619040
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Diabetes mellitus had traditionally been considered disqualifying for flying duties. Increasingly, our understanding of both Type I and Type II diabetes permits identification of subgroups of diabetics with an acceptable aeromedical risk. A case is presented of a Canadian Forces pilot with Type I diabetes who continues on restricted flying duties. The pathophysiology of Type I and Type II diabetes is discussed, as well as aeromedical considerations for returning a diabetic to flying status. Within an envelope of defined geographic and operational flying limitations, diabetic aircrew may be safely and usefully returned to restricted flying duties.

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