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
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minutes -- a new world speed record diabetes.”
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Above and left: Douglas
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