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DUI And Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease where the body fails to control its blood glucose levels. With diabetes, blood sugar rises higher than normal – a condition called hyperglycemia.There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. The first type is typically diagnosed during childhood or when someone is a young adult. With Type 1, the body does not produce insulin. According to the American Diabetes Association, “Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of disease.”

Type 2 diabetes is diagnosed during adulthood and is the most common. When someone has Type 2 diabetes, their body is insulin resistant, which means it does not use insulin properly.

Diabetes can lead to serious health complications, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Ketoacidosis & ketones
  • Skin complications
  • Eye complications
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Kidney disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastroparesis

WHEN DIABETICS ARE ARRESTED FOR DUI

What many people do not know is that the symptoms of diabetes, which are associated with having too high or too low blood sugar can be mistaken as signs of driving under the influence (DUI).

A person suffering from diabetes may have altered states of consciousness, slurred speech and enter into a state of Ketosis, which may be accompanied by a certain breath odor. This odor on the breath may smell similar to ethanol (alcohol) and should a diabetic person be pulled over, police may assume the person had been drinking.

The person may be asked to take a breath test, which should resolve the question of impairment, but that is not always the case as there may be difficulties differentiating diabetic conditions from the effects of alcohol consumption through breath or blood tests. This means that people with diabetes may be arrested for DUI and even face criminal charges.

If you're diabetic and have been mistakenly arrested for DUI, you'll want to consult with an Orange County DUI lawyer immediately. There are measures you can take with the assistance of an attorney to contest your DUI charges.

Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry for a free initial consultation.