New Study: An Infrared Sauna Improves Quality of Life for Type II Diabetes Patients
Here’s an important new study. Published under the title: “The effects of repeated thermal therapy sauna treatments on quality of life in patients with type II diabetes mellitus” this study poses an important question: Can sauna use help those with Type II Diabetes Mellitus?
Dr. Richard Beever of the Department of Family Medicine, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada published his findings in the Journal of Alternative And Complementary Medicine in June 2010.
He noted that decreased quality of life in diabetes is associated with poor health outcomes. It has been shown that far-infrared sauna treatments improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and congestive heart failure. The objective of this study was to determine whether far-infrared saunas have a beneficial effect on quality of life in those with type II diabetes.
The study was conducted in Fraser Lake BC, a rural village in central British Columbia, Canada. All patients of the Fraser Lake Community Health Center with type II diabetes were invited to participate. Each participant had a 20-minute, 3 times weekly infrared sauna sessions, over a period of 3 months.
To assess the participants quality of life, subjects completed a 36-item Health Survey questionnaire as well as “Zero-to-Ten” Visual Analogue Scale which measures a patient‘s pain intensity. The initial pain scale and health survey were measured 1 week prior to the start of the sauna sessions. The same questionnaire and pain scale measurements were collected between 1 and 3 days after the last sauna session.
The Results: Physical health, general health, and social functioning as based on the patients’ questionnaire scores improved. Visual Analogue Scales for stress and fatigue improved.
The researcher concluded that Far-infrared sauna use may be associated with improved quality of life in people with type II diabetes mellitus. The improvement shown after infrared saunas use was greater than the improvement of other lifestyle interventions noted Dr. Beever.
This is great news for patients suffering from type II diabetes. For a very low cost, one’s quality of life can be improved with a far infrared sauna at home.
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