Philip L. Hooper, M.D., published a study in The New England Journal of Medicine about the positive effect of “hot tub therapy” on his diabetic patients. The results of his study have not been debunked. There is a medical benefit in diabetics routinely using a Sundance Spas hot tub. The primary reservation voiced against it stem around the special attention a diabetic needs to apply during certain activities. The same concerns are exercised for other activities including exercising and taking a bath.
Hot tubs maintain a constant predetermined temperature. Sitting in one will increase your body temperature and blood flow to your skin as your body attempts to get rid of some of the extra heat absorbed from the water. This mimics what occurs during moderate exercise. For diabetics with circulation problems this is a good thing.
Where the concern is raised is that with the increased blood flow comes increased insulin absorption from the injection site. A dose of longer-acting insulin that is designed to last throughout the night will be absorbed much more rapidly. This can cause low blood glucose extending several hours after getting out of the tub. The simple recommended safety precaution is not to use temperatures higher than 105 degrees. It is also recommended that for optimal benefit while avoiding risk, you limit your stay to no more than 20 minutes. To further avoid a possible episode of hypoglycemia it is recommended you monitor your blood sugar levels before entering a hot tub and avoid soaking before meals.
For diabetics suffering from diabetic neuropathy the concern of possible burns is raised. The decreased circulation in their extremities may make it difficult to determine if the water is too hot on their feet or legs. Programmable thermometers can provide an easy means to monitor water temperature. The same precaution a diabetic exercises while taking a bath will provide the same degree of safety in a hot tub.
As with any therapy, the advice of your physician should be sought. When properly used, hot tubs can be a beneficial addition to diabetic therapy. When careful considerations are exercised adults with type 2 diabetes could see improvements in their sleep patterns, lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels.
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