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  1. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter May 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm | | Reply

    Because this “cure” is relatively new, I’m wondering about the long-term effects. A cure should be permanent. But eventually, will even these patients stop producing enough insulin? Also, an ancient method of controlling blood sugars was to severely limit a person’s food intake, almost to the point of starvation. If a person is unable to eat, are they cured? Or does this simply limit the amount of insulin needed to metabolize food? No food, no bolus needed = Cure?

  2. Scott
    Scott May 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm | | Reply

    Hi, I have to disagree on the “insulin is a no no for all medical certificates”. I’m a type 1 diabetic and do have a 3rd class medical. You will need to go through a “Special Issuance” (SI) evaluation every year, but by doing so you can be a private pilot (which means not being restricted on the airplanes you fly and allowing more than 1 passenger with you). I’d be happy to discuss details with anyone interested, email

  3. Scott
    Scott May 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm | | Reply

    Sorry, re-reading the info again, it seems like you are making a reference to the SI. It’s really not that much work. Basically requires you to get testing done that you should be doing anyways (A1cs four times a year, eye exam once a year) and submit the results. I did not find it horribly difficult. It is a bit time consuming, but it certainly can be done.


  4. Scott
    Scott May 12, 2012 at 5:30 pm | | Reply

    Last post – to see the exact info required to get a special issuance for a 3rd class medical license, which enables you to fly private pilot, see the following URL.


  5. Joe
    Joe May 13, 2012 at 4:58 am | | Reply

    I have to agree with you. Bariatric surgery in my opinion does not “cure” type 2 diabetes. It treats it, just like any other medication, except that this is a surgical procedure.

  6. Ron
    Ron August 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm | | Reply

    Will, your understanding of Part 67 and Part 61 of the FAR’s is seriously lacking. The original poster asked about “gliders and airplanes”. You do not need a FAA medical to fly gliders. The OP can get a Private Pilot certificate with a Glider category rating without a FAA medical. If he or she want’s to jump through the FAA hoops he/she may be able to get a special issuance Class III medical. With a Class III medical you can take ANY faa checkride from Sport Pilot to ATP. You are correct in that you will NOT be able to exercise the privileges of said Commercial or ATP certificate. There are over 200 people with Type I diabetes who have gone through the “pain in the ass” to get a SI Class III. Interestingly enough a Class III will allow you to teach others how to fly! On a side note, there are Type I pilots who fly commercially in Canada!


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