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LIVING

diabetes flying planes are still in place in Douglas has done other extreme

some countries, but this testing protocol endurance records in order to show what

is extremely effective, says Douglas. it’s possible do with diabetes and is part

“As a result of losing my job due to my of Pilots With Diabetes, a group formed

diagnosis of diabetes I now spend time by a small but determined group of pilots

helping to raise awareness of the fact that who lost a career due to having been

it is possible to fly safely with diabetes. I diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

have done 2,800 flying hours to date to You don’t have to be a world record

prove it,” he says. beater or even want to fly a plane – it’s

not everyone’s calling. Douglas says,

Extreme measures “Our point is to persuade the authorities

In an undertaking partly sponsored by to have more flexible licensing rules about

Accu-Chek Mobile, Douglas recently individuals and not to have our dreams

flew to the North Pole, where he ended and ambitions restricted by diabetes.

up flying 1,300 miles in 8 hours and 17 No one’s dreams should be limited by Nr. 1:2012 | Essential news and views for people with diabetes

minutes -- a new world speed record diabetes.”

for this particular flight. As part of the

experience he landed on a commercial To find out more about Douglas

airfield run by Russians where he had Cairns and the other pilots flying high

No limits

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over the Polar ice. It was wonderful.” It This article first appeared in Reach,

was also the first time that this particular the magazine produced by Accu-

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Above and left: Douglas

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