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Posted : July 8, 2011

I have just read your piece on scuba diving diabetic, i am a 48 year old diabetic type 2 and would like to dive, i have started to do the paperwork involved while waiting for my doctor to give his written permission do this activity. I have just been told by my GP he will not give the permission to dive only due to the fact i have this condition.
I don't believe that this is a good enough reason as i am reasonably fit for my age a little over weight but who is not these days, i believe the outcome he has come to is wrong and i would like to know if there is anything i could do to get permission to dive IE seek other medical advice etc. please could you advise me on this issue as i would love to have the chance to dive.
many thanks

Posted : July 11, 2011
Thanks for the query. Without knowing the specifics I can't comment on your individual case, but in general, well-controlled diabetics with no complications of the disease and good awareness of hypoglycaemic symptoms can dive.

What I would suggest is that you seek the advice of a local doctor with diving medicine experience (ask at a local dive shop or club for recommendations). You'll need to bring along evidence of your diabetic control (usually recent blood test results including kidney and liver function and your HbA1c), but they should be able to then advise on whether diving is possible.

If you happen to be in or near London, I do these sorts of medicals - 0207 806 4028 for an appointment.

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth

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