I HAVE TYPE 2 DIABETES .IS IT OKAY TO USE A SAUNA, STEAM ROOM OR A JACUZZI?

Topics: General

Your question is an important one because having diabetes can put you at higher risk for skin infections and may cause slower healing. Multiple people use jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms and if cleaning in these areas is less than optimal, you may put yourself at risk for skin infections.

You may have some small cuts or breaks in the skin that you’re not even aware of. Bacteria can enter these breaks in the skin and lead to serious problems.

Some people with diabetes have nerve damage, particularly affecting the lower legs and feet. This nerve damage can make you less sensitive to feeling the higher temperatures found in jacuzzis, steam rooms or saunas, therefore increasing the risk for burns.

If you take insulin injections, the higher temperatures may alter the absorption rate of the insulin, putting you at an increased risk of having a low blood glucose level (hypoglycemia).

Lastly, many people with diabetes also have high blood pressure. Caution must be taken in using these high temperature areas to avoid diabetes complications.

I would recommend that you discuss the use of jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms with your health care provider. They can do a complete assessment of your individual health status and make the appropriate recommendations. 

Posted on October 22, 2010 by:

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