It is understandable that if a trucker is going to spend long hours on the road, they may experience some unavoidable health issues. Some health issues are preventable. They can be avoided with diet, exercise, and a conscientious driving style. Most of the health issues associated with trucking do not appear out of the blue. Instead, they develop gradually. This is one of the reasons why truckers are encouraged to periodically analyze their own health and recognize minor symptoms that may be indicative of more serious problems down the road.
A physician who has received a DOT medical certification is well aware of some of the common health concerns that truckers experience. Many truckers have problems with obesity. Others have metabolic challenges. Spending long hours sitting and spending hours being inactive leads to excessive abdominal fat, increases in cholesterol levels, and higher than normal blood pressure.
These initial symptoms can lead to more serious symptoms as time goes on, like things ranging from cancer to cardiovascular dysfunction and even death. This again underscores the importance of a trucker paying close attention to their health. In some cases, something as mild as a headache could be a sign that a more serious problem is brewing. This is why it is essential for truckers to have regular visits to the doctor. If there are health issues, get them checked out immediately.
Not surprisingly, some truckers face challenges with chronic lung problems. This is because they are working in an environment where they are constantly inhaling diesel fumes. Another issue that truckers face is dependence on stimulants. For some, it is as innocent as dependence on coffee. For others, it is more serious as dependence on illicit drugs or pharmaceuticals. They use these stimulants,to help them stay awake.
Driving a truck can also take a toll on a person’s mental health. Most truck drivers spend days on end alone. They are isolated from other people. The isolation, the monotony of driving from one place to another, and the lack of meaningful contact with others can lead to depression and a sense of loneliness.
Thankfully, not all truckers face the above-mentioned health problems. There are many steps that truckers can take to have a positive impact on their health. These include maintaining good personal hygiene, avoiding cigarettes and drugs, eating healthy meals, and taking time to exercise.