Hot Tubs and Diabetes

Help may be as close as the nearest hot tub for the more than 16 million people who have diabetes. The New England Journal of Medicine published a study from a Colorado researcher, who sheds new light on the advantages of spa ownership by bringing the benefits of hot tub therapy to the surface. According to the study, soaking in a hot tub can be beneficial for people who are affected with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.

People with this kind of diabetes can often control their condition with regular exercise and a good diet. Unfortunately, many diabetics are physically unable to endure rigorous activity that maintains a steady weight. Dr. Philip Hooper’s recent study at the McKee Medical Center in Colorado, had eight people with Type 2 Diabetes placed in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day for three consecutive weeks. The results indicated that patients reported a 13% reduction in blood sugar levels, improved sleep and an increase in their overall sense of well being.

For more information on the results of this study, visit the New England Journal of Medicine Web site at www.nejm.org. For more information regarding Diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association Web site at www.diabetes.org. And talk to your doctor about using the natural healing effects of hydromassage therapy.