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The FAA's policy guidelines on diabetes mellitus on oral medications

November 11, 2013

Warren Silberman

Warren Silberman

  • Former Manager, FAA Aerospace Medical Certification 
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 
  • Expert in Aerospace/Preventive Medicine 
  • Pilot since 1986

Diabetes mellitus that is diet and exercise controlled does not require a special issuance, so your aviation medical examiner may issue a medical certificate without approval from the FAA. However, you will need some documentation for your AME at the time of your next FAA physical examination.

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