Commercial driving is an invaluable asset to the country’s economy. Think of the products you deliver every week; now think of things like medical supplies for hospitals or items critical to making life easy for friends and family — like diapers. Where would most of us be if there were not enough drivers to move critical supplies?
Now let’s make this personal. You have invested time, energy and financial resources in your career. Your ability to provide for yourself and your family includes maintaining good health. Your health impacts your ability to provide for your family and can be impacted by failing your DOT physical, or by passing your next DOT medical exam with confidence!
Taking preventative action is the best way to lower your risk and maintain your ability to continue a successful career.
Here are six ways to make sure you’re ready for your DOT Physical exam to get your medical card, and protect your most valuable commodity — your health:
- Get regular preventive exams with a family physician. Make sure your family doctor knows that your good health is important to your ability to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
- Find out the tools and resources available to assist you on your path to good health. At Schneider, if you are covered under the medical plan, there is a wide variety of options for wellness coaching. Most health plans have some type of wellness coaching.
- If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s prescription to keep blood pressure in line. Talk to your doctor about other options to lower blood pressure.
- Know your glucose level and discuss it with your doctor, including any risk for diabetes and how to lower that risk.
- Understand your risk for heart disease — smoking, cholesterol and inactivity all play a role.
- Undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea can impact every area of your health and could delay your medical certification during your DOT physical exam. Discuss your risk with your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, follow your treatment plan every day.
For those who are overweight, losing as little as 5-10% of body weight has been scientifically validated to provide significant and lasting health benefits to include: lowering blood pressure, improving insulin sensitivity including reversing pre-diabetes, improving sleep apnea, lowering inflammation throughout the body, enhancing functionality and boosting overall quality of life.
Break that down. If you weigh 300 pounds, losing between 15 and 30 pounds is all it takes to make significant health impacts.
Darin Flannery, DPT Onsite Therapy, Ergonomics and Wellness with Atlas Services at Schneider’s Indianapolis facility contributed to this article.
This tip sheet is for informational purposes only. It does not diagnose problems or recommend specific treatment. The information provided in this blog post is not a substitute for your doctor’s care.