According to the American Diabetes Association, over 23.6 million people have diabetes Type 1 or 2. Controlling blood glucose (sugar) levels is the only defense against the many problems and side effects that come from diabetes but studies show relief may be as close as your hot tub.
With this type of diabetes, people can often control their condition with regular exercise and a good diet. Unfortunately, some diabetics are physically unable to endure rigorous activity and maintain a steady weight.
New England Journal of Medicine
Studies published in the September 16, 1999 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine give hope to the millions of people who have diabetes. It stated that "hot tub therapy" helped a group of Type 2 diabetics reduce their blood sugar levels and improve their sleep. While physical exercise is recommended for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, you can simulate the effects with partial immersion in a hot tub.
Dr. Philip L. Hooper
An independent study was led by Dr. Philip L. Hooper at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado. A group of Type 2 diabetes patients was studied for three weeks. During the study the patients were required to soak in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week.
The results were:
- Average blood sugar levels were reduced by an average of 13%.
As a result of the study, Dr. Hooper stated:
- hot tubs are especially helpful for patients who are unable to exercise
- He recommends that hot tub treatments should be included as regular therapy for patients with diabetes
American Diabetes Association
For more information regarding diabetes and the health benefits of hot tubs, visit the the American Diabetes Association website.