Can Type 1 Diabetics be pilots or ATC in the UK

Hi everyone, I wanted to know if a Type 1 Diabetic could become a pilot or ATC in the UK.

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I’m fairly certain if you have any type of diabetes you can not be a commercial pilot… Not sure about atc

Why not though?

I think it’s in case they have a dramitic change in blood sugar and need medical attention… It’s can be a fairly serious occurrence, especially on a Commercial flight.

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Oh ok fair enough. Thank god I’m not a diabetic…

NATS (ATC people at Heathrow/Gatwick possibly too etc.) didn’t used to consider diabetics but I’ve just checked and they now do.

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Ben, I would do some research on this, there might be a loophole somewhere :)

There no loophole. If you require any type of medicine to function you sadly cannot

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Is it his way everywhere, just for UK citizens, or just in the UK?

This is what you need to read, the CAA notes on the class 1 medical.

http://www.caa.co.uk/Commercial-industry/Pilot-licences/Applications/Medical/Apply-for-a-Class-1-medical-certificate/

Specifically this section is about diabetes

http://www.caa.co.uk/Aeromedical-Examiners/Medical-standards/Pilots-(EASA)/Conditions/Metabolic-and-endocrinology/Metabolic-and-endocrinology-guidance-material-GM/#DM

In order to really translate this as to whether you can pass the medical you would be best off seeing a doctor. You can try asking the CAA to clarify but in my experience they will just say go for an initial class 1 medical.

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