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Can you be a pilot with diabetes?

Q. Can individuals with diabetes be pilots?

A. Yes, but there are restrictions. A person with well-controlled diabetes who does not use insulin is eligible for all classes of pilot's license. Those who take insulin and are well-controlled are eligible for a third class license only. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) requires documentation of a change in treatment plan or a change in health status.

You can learn more about the FAA's requirements in their Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners.

About Jill Weisenberger

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss: Week by Week (American Diabetes Association, 2012). She serves as contributing editor of Environmental Nutrition. A recognized speaker and consultant, Jill is recognized for her practical advice and desires to help others improve their eating habits, to lose weight and to live healthier lives.

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