Induction hobs generate electromagnetic fields which can interfere with the performance of pacemakers or insulin pumps . It is therefore recommended that those with pacemakers or insulin pumps avoid induction hobs. To provide you with more information, we’ve answered below some of the most common questions relating to induction hobs.
Induction hobs generate heat energy through medium-frequency electromagnetic fields. Whilst induction hobs are not dangerous for most people, the electromagnetic field can impact the health of those with insulin pumps or pacemakers.
Pacemakers are small electrical devices that regulate the heart’s activity. Appliances that produce an electromagnetic field can interfere with a pacemaker’s performance. Based on academic findings, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) recommends that those with a pacemaker should get no closer than 60cm from an induction hob. As aforementioned, induction hobs generate heat through magnetic currents meaning they can interfere with a pacemaker.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has warned that induction hobs could interfere with how insulin pumps work. It is therefore recommended that those with insulin pumps avoid induction hobs.
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