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Offline Malc

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« on: 08 March 2014, 06:46:36 PM »
I have been advised not to use sauna steam room at gym.  Anybody any thoughts on this

Offline nytquill17

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Re: Sauna
« Reply #1 on: 08 March 2014, 06:56:38 PM »
You'll find there are a lot of things that are not advised for diabetics, right down to cough syrup! And the annoying part is they don't always explain why, so we can't decide for ourselves if the warning actually applies to us or not. Half the time it's more the company saying that "we're not experts in diabetes, so if you're diabetic and using our product we can't say whether it might be a problem or not, and we don't want to be responsible if it is!"

In the case of a sauna, if memory serves it's because the body and the skin being warm like that can cause increased circulation which can make insulin be absorbed more quickly and more efficiently. And you are more likely to be low anyway just after a workout. I'm not a health professional so this is only my opinion of course and not necessarily correct - but if it were me I would go ahead with it and just make sure I was prepared that I might have a hypo (so make sure to have some hypo remedy on hand, and be attentive to how I'm feeling, i.e. no falling asleep in the sauna! haha)
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Re: Sauna
« Reply #2 on: 08 March 2014, 07:04:42 PM »
Hot tubs aren't advised for diabetics either for the same reason, but I have used them several times.  You just have to be aware and, as Nyt says, ensure some hypo cure is handy.

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Re: Sauna
« Reply #3 on: 08 March 2014, 07:46:10 PM »
i don't use the sauna its just to hot but i go in the steam room for approx 5-8 mins 6 morning per week after my swim it gets rid of the  chlorine smell but i make sure i have lucazade in my bag and always test before i leave the gym.
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Offline Malc

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Re: Sauna
« Reply #4 on: 10 March 2014, 06:52:07 PM »
Thanks for the excellent advice

Offline pete1140

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Re: Sauna
« Reply #5 on: 11 March 2014, 12:07:43 PM »
wow I never knew that.
tbh I haven't been told anything from my doctor/nurse
I hear things from people and think ooo why wasn't I told that as I should have been.

Unfortunately the gym I am at doesn't have sauna etc  or should I say fortunately
My last gym did have it a;; sauna Jacuzzi steam rooms and ended up going just to use these lol
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