Are Hot Tubs Safe for Those With Type 2 Diabetes?
That’s the latest research on hot tubbing,
Scientific research brings good news for November’sNational Diabetes Awareness Month.
A scientific study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows strong benefits of hot tub soaking for people with Type 2 diabetes, a fast-growing illness that accounts for 90 percent of the 15.7 million cases of diabetes in the United States. The illness can lead to such dangerous complications as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and amputation.
In a study by Dr. Philip L. Hooper at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo., type 2 diabetes patients soaked in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day, six days a week, for three weeks. On average, their blood sugar levels fell by 13 percent, and one reduced his insulin dose by 18 percent after only 10 days. In addition to reducing their blood sugar levels, the therapy improved their sleep patterns.
Numerous studies have shown that soaking in a hot tub has many of the same benefits as exercising. In fact, tubbing is strongly recommended for people who are not able to do physical exercise, but anyone can enjoy the benefits. Hooper says the tubbing benefits for diabetes patients mirror the benefits that come from exercise. And, that’s great news!!
As always, check with your doctor before you start using the hot tub as a medical therapy. You might also check to see whether the benefits might lead to an insurance-covered prescription for a hot tub to treat diabetes.
Once again, science confirms that a hot tub soak not only feels good – it’s good for you.
If you’ve been using your Hot Spring Spa and found improvement in your Type 2 diabetes symptoms, share the good news. Post a comment and let us know how you’re doing.
SANUM PER AQUA. Latin for Health through Water.