girl-relaxing-in-hot-tubIs it possible that a dip in the hot tub can cause a dip in the blood sugars?
This article was originally published in Diabetes Health in August, 2008.
Daniel Trecroci May 23, 2008

According to a pilot study that appeared in the September 16 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), "hot tub therapy" helped a group of type 2 reduce their blood sugars, lose weight and improve sleep patterns.

Philip L. Hooper, MD, of the McKee Medical Centre in Loveland, Colorado, studied five type 2 men and three type 2 women, ages 43 to 68. The patients had been suffering from diabetes from three to 14 years.s

"These results suggest that hot tub therapy should be further evaluated as a therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus," says Hooper. "It may be especially helpful for patients who are unable to exercise."

23 mg/dl Reduction in BGs

The temperature of the hot tub water went as high as 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The type 2 subjects sat in the hot tub by themselves with water up to their shoulders for 30 minutes per day, six days per week, for three weeks. The patients' average blood glucose (BG) levels were reduced from 182 mg/dl to 159 mg/dl after three weeks. Weight was decreased by an average of 3.75 pounds.

an interview with Diabetes Health, Hooper explained how one of the study participants, after 10 days, reduced his daily dose of insulin by 18 percent.

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