DOT Physical, Medical Card Now Looks at Your BMI (Body Mass Index) May Require Drivers to be checked for Sleep Apnea.
So a friend of mine just went in for his DOT physical. As most of you know the rules have been changed and the people performing the physicals have to be licensed and follow a bunch of medical guidelines put out by a branch of the DOT called the FMCSA. The days of your family doctor doing your physical may be over.
So, he went to a provider where he lived to get his physical, expecting it to be an in and out the door visit. Well, it turns out my friend who is in his 50's has hypertension (140/90 is the cutoff) so he's going to have to get that under control. Then the person performing the physical told him that because his BMI-Body Mass Index was over 35 he was going to have to see a sleep doctor and make sure he doesn't have sleep apnea. So my friend was given a three month conditional medical card.
So here's my friend Kent doing his work out routine. He does a whole bunch of those deep knee bend things...Made me tired just photographing him. And then at the end of the day he often takes a couple mile walk.
The thing that really blew me away was that my friend is really into taking care of his health. He does calisthenics each day after he drives and this usually includes taking a couple mile walk. He says he's even dropped a couple pant sizes because he's become so fitness conscious in the last year. It was a complete shock to him that he was the same weight he had been the year before. His doctor told him that muscle weighs more than fat and that is why he hasn't lost any weight while becoming more lean and mean.
My friend isn't looking forward to getting an exam done for sleep apnea. He's one of those drivers that starts driving around six a.m. and is often done for the day before six at night. He doesn't stop for naps he says because he sleeps good and doesn't get tired during his shift. I'm going to try and keep up with him. I'm interested to know more about the process he's going through and how many "hoops" he's going to have to jump through. I'm also interested to know how much out of pocket he's going to have to pay before all of this is said and done.
For those of you drivers worried about your Body Mass Index. (BMI) being too high, (over 35 BMI is the cutoff for sleep apnea testing) Feel free to use the BMI calculator below I borrowed from the CDC.
Been trucking since 96. My main interest is having a good healthy life.