Diabetes and Electric Blankets

If you have diabetes it is recommended that you avoid using electric blankets. The reason for this is that diabetics commonly develop a condition known as diabetic neuropathy. Because of this, you may not realize if the electric blanket is getting too hot, which may result in burns to your skin.

Fast Facts:

  • It is suggested that if you wish to use an electric blanket that you turn on the blanket to warm your bed and then turn it off before getting into bed.
  • Neuropathy is a condition common in diabetics and results in loss of feeling in their legs, arms, and feet.
  • Burns in a diabetic can lead to an infection and even amputation of the affected area.