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.
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:
As a result of the study, Dr. Hooper stated:
For more information regarding diabetes and the health benefits of hot tubs, visit the the American Diabetes Association website.