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Can Cold Showers Help Diabetics?

Can Cold Showers Help Diabetics?

Mice Gut Microbe Study Gives Clues to 'Browning' of White Fat A study conducted in mice has found that depleting gut microorganisms triggers the browning of white fat and improves glucose control and insulin sensitivity. The work was published online November 16, 2015 in Nature Medicine. "This study may open novel strategies to target obesity," commented lead author Mirko Trajkovski, PhD, professor at the faculty of medicine department of cell physiology and metabolism at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. "We suspected that microbiota [all gut microorganisms, most of which are bacteria] could play a role in obesity onset by regulating the balance between white and beige types of fat," he explained. "Ongoing work aims to identify which particular bacterial species and groups are responsible for [fat] browning and to precisely target those bacteria." In particular, the study found that gut bacteria help regulate the balance between white and beige fat in mice given therapeutic doses of antibiotics and in mice born and raised in germ-free conditions (germ-free mice), Dr Trajkovski noted. Depleting gut bacteria in these mice increased the amount of beige fat, which helped to reduce obesity and improve insulin sensitivity. Can Results Translate to Anything Useful for Humans? Between 20% of 30% of human body weight is composed of fat, made up mostly of white fat, which stores energy and can contribute to obesity and diabetes. On the other hand, humans also have brown fat, which is metabolically active and may improve glucose control. Scientists have recently discovered that "browning" of white fat can occur when cells similar to brown fat, called "beige fat," appear within white fat. Exercise and exposure to cold can induce "browning" of white fat, and the resultant bei Continue reading >>

How To Soak In A Bathtub When You Have Diabetes

How To Soak In A Bathtub When You Have Diabetes

According to the American Diabetes Association, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes--sustained elevation of sugar in the blood. Numbers increase daily as Americans become obese at an alarming rate. Diet and exercise are the most effective ways to manage diabetes, but new treatment of soaking in a hot bath is gaining recognition. "DiabetesHealth" reported in a 2008 article, that Dr. Philip Hooper of the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, conducted research for people with type 2 diabetes, and found that blood sugar levels decreased and sleep patterns were improved by daily hot tub therapy. Not all diabetes experts agree, and further study is needed, but with proper safety tools in place, diabetics can enjoy soaking in a tub and reap significant benefits. Video of the Day Check your entire body for cuts, ulcers or sores, particularly the legs and feet. Use a full-length mirror to check the back of your body. Open wounds or breaks in the skin are pathways for bacteria to begin an infection, which is an increased danger for diabetics. Wait to enjoy your bath until all skin is intact and you are free of any infection. Eat a low-carbohydrate snack. Soaking in hot water for 15 to 20 minutes can reduce blood sugar levels and you could experience a sudden drop (hypoglycemia) that can leave you feeling weak, light-headed or confused. Make your snack a low-carb food that lasts in your system, rather than one that will only supply a fast sugar rush. Drink 8 to 10 oz. of water before you bathe. Sitting in very warm or hot water can cause you to sweat and become dehydrated quickly. Have a glass of cool water to drink within your reach as you soak. Test your blood sugar just before you enter the tub. If the reading is too high or too low, wait Continue reading >>

The Effects Of Hot Bath On Blood Sugar Levels

The Effects Of Hot Bath On Blood Sugar Levels

Did you know that you can use the hot tub for more than just pleasure? Usually, people use the hot bath to relax after a long stressful day. However, those you love to do this might just do it more often after they become aware of all benefits. Its common knowledge that a long soak can do wonders for the sore joints, muscles and other injuries. But there are actually many other conditions which individuals might suffer for which a long soak can help treat. People that have type 2 diabetes know that the key to living a healthy, normal life is learning how to manage their diabetes properly. These people need to learn all the treatment options which can help people with diabetes manage their blood glucose levels properly. One treatment that all people with diabetes need to consider is therapy with hot tub. According to recent research , soaking in a hot bath might help with the control of type 2 diabetes. According to a Loughborough and Leicester research team taking a hot bath might lower peak blood glucose levels by 10 %. Also, they came to the discovery that the energy expenditure levels might increase by 80 %, burning around 126 calories per 60 minutes. Dr. Steve Faulkner led the study; he says that they wanted to discover whether there are alternatives to exercising that might help individuals maintain better blood glucose levels. Faulkner compared 1 hour of cycling with 1 hour of hot bath, and he found that the 1-hour of hot tub actually provides surprising benefits. The bath might stimulate the release of heat shock protein, which might reduce blood glucose levels simply by improving the sugar uptake which is controlled by insulin. However, despite these findings, the researchers encourage increased exercise and physical activity as the best way to maintain the hea Continue reading >>

Go Ahead And Indulge: 10 Reasons To Take A Hot Bath Or Shower

Go Ahead And Indulge: 10 Reasons To Take A Hot Bath Or Shower

Home / Blog / Go Ahead and Indulge: 10 Reasons to Take a Hot Bath or Shower Go Ahead and Indulge: 10 Reasons to Take a Hot Bath or Shower Isnt it amazing how some of the most simple things in life can give us such amazing benefits? Like how taking a good soak in a hot shower or bath, for example, has so many benefits for our mind, body, and skin, its about time we learn about why we should start taking more of them. And thats especially true with the technology we have with todays hot water heaters as well explain in this weeks blog because giving your body and budget what it needs could be as easy and simple as having the right hot water heater that produces the cleanest water for you and your family. But lets first explore the many benefits of having hot water at your fingertips when you want it and often times, even when you need it. Lowers blood sugar. Forget walking. A hot bath may be just what you need to lower your blood sugar and burn calories. In a recent study done by Loughborough University , scientists investigated the effect a hot bath has on blood sugar control (an important measure of metabolic fitness) and on energy expended (number of calories burned). They recruited 14 men to take part in the study, who each soaked in a hot bath for one hour. They then compared how many calories were burned in each sessions, as well as measured their blood sugar for 24 hours after each trial. Bathing resulted in about as many calories being burned as a half-hour walk (around 140 calories). The overall blood sugar response to both conditions was similar. Goodbye, gym. Fall asleep faster. Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles. Relaxi Continue reading >>

8 Things That Affect Your Blood Glucose Levels

8 Things That Affect Your Blood Glucose Levels

There are so very many things that affect your blood glucose levels that it’s hard to know where to begin. Everything from the type and amount of food you eat, to how hot it is that day are known to have an effect. The eight items below are amongst the top things that affect your diabetes: Caffeine - depending on how much coffee, and other caffeine rich beverages you drink in a day, can have an effect on your metabolism, causing fluctuations in your readings. A higher metabolism will cause you to burn more calories, thereby affecting the insulin dosage needed to control your diabetes. Drinking 5 or more caffeine rich products, (coffee, diet soda, cocoa [also sugar rich]) can increase your blood sugar. Caffeine affects two hormones, glucogon and adrenaline, which in turn release sugars stored in the liver. Heat - A hot day, or even a shower or bath that is too hot will affect your sugars. Heat can cause your sugar levels to fluctuate. According to the Mayo Clinic, diabetics often have damage of the sweat glands affecting the body’s ability to cool down. Dehydration can be a result of a hot day, as well as a result of high blood glucose levels. High levels cause the body to excrete more urine, causing dehydration if one does not increase their intake of caffeine free fluids like water, seltzer, and sugar-free drinks. Heat can cause dehydration as well and could result in the more serious affects of heat exhaustion. Remember, try to keep out of the direct sunlight on a hot day, drink lots of fluids, exercise in the cool of the morning or late evening. You may find, like me, that you just cannot take the heat like you did before the diabetes. Exercise - exercise must be carefully done and balanced, with readings taken before and after to make sure that your levels are n Continue reading >>

How To Lower Your Blood Sugar When It's Really High

How To Lower Your Blood Sugar When It's Really High

​This article is written for type 2 diabetics who need help coming down from a very high blood sugar during a single, isolated high blood sugar event. If you want to try an stabilize your baseline, consider signing up for my Baseline Blood Sugar Challenge course. ​THIS ARTICLE IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR REAL MEDICAL ADVICE. If you're a type 2 diabetic and your blood sugar is high right now (greater than 300mg/dL for at least 6 hours), the first thing you should do is call your doctor. So, if you haven't called anyone for help yet, please stop reading this article and call your doctor. If your doctor is able to help, then you need not read on. Also, if you are having symptoms of Diabetic Ketoacidosis, stop reading this article and go to the hospital immediately. Diabetic Ketoacidosis can kill you if left untreated. But. If you're in a situation where your blood sugar has been high for an extended period of time, you could perhaps consider taking the following steps to solve your blood sugar problem. Disclaimer: This is friendly, non-medical advice from a random diabetic person you don't even know, which is a very (very) poor substitute for real, actual medical advice. Use at your own risk. First, you should try and lower your blood sugar without injectable insulin by completing the following steps: 1. Check your blood sugar. Write down the time and your blood sugar level. 2. Drink water (this doesn't actually lower blood sugar, but it helps flush sugar and ketones from your body, if you have them). Continue drinking water, but please don't make yourself sick. 3. Move. As in, walk. Walk around the block or walk in place or haul your ass up and down the stairs for 30-60 minutes. Walking helps your cells become less insulin resistant, which is what you need right now. Do N Continue reading >>

Hot Bath Beats Cycling For Lowering Blood Sugar Levels For Type 2 Diabetics

Hot Bath Beats Cycling For Lowering Blood Sugar Levels For Type 2 Diabetics

Hot bath beats cycling for lowering blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics A hot bath can lower peak blood sugarCredit:Alamy A hotbath could be better than cycling at lowering blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics , a study suggests. Dr Steve Faulkner of Loughborough Universityinvestigated whether there were any alternatives to exercise which could assist people in maintaining the condition. He found that a soak in the tub reduces peak blood sugar levels by 10 per cent more than an hour cycling, and increases energy expenditure levels by 80 per cent burning 126 calories per hour. Dr Faulkner, who is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU), said: We discovered the participants who bathed had, on average, 10 per cent lower peak glucose levels in comparison to the exercise, which was completely unexpected. The amount our blood sugar rises after a meal is one of the risk markers for things like developing type 2 diabetes, so keeping it down can be good for our health. We think the reason is that thebathmay encourage the release of heat shock proteins, which may help lower blood sugar levels by improving insulin controlled glucose uptake. However, although these findings are interesting, we would always encourage increased physical activity and exercise as the best way to maintain good health. A hot bath even beats cycling for lowering peak levelsCredit:AFP/Getty Images The experiment involved 10 unfit males, who all bathed in a (104F) 40C, while wearing a continuous glucose monitor to record changes in their blood sugar during the subsequent 24 hours. The same participants also cycled on a separate day at an intensity that increase Continue reading >>

Hot Bath And Blood Sugar Levels

Hot Bath And Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community I have been registered for some time but this is my first posting. My name is Nasir and I am 77 years old. I was diagnosed accidentally in 1997 with type 2 diabetes. I am on Gliclazide tablets, 4 daily. I have no diabetic complications. I am very fond of very hot (40-43 C). I usually have my bath before going to bed about 2100, about 2 hours after supper and it lasts for about 1 and a half hour. Usually I have a fairly high protein supper. Now, the weird thing is that my blood sugar 2 hours after supper is in the region of 4-7 mmol/L. However, after the bath it frequently rises to 9-12 mmol/L. I am a retired doctor and just cannot understand why a bath should raise my blood sugar. I have searched the internet and found almost always that most people find that a bath reduces their blood sugar! Can someone give me some idea what is happening? That's weird, a bath shouldn't be affecting your blood sugar like that! I would suggest that something else you do around the time you have the bath is causing the spike - to me it seems like it's probably something gone wrong with your meal (how many carbs do you eat? Do you eat the same thing every day? How does it compare to other meals you eat?), possibly related to exercise (exercise can increase blood sugar, but I think a spike like that would be unusual, otherwise it might be because you exercise less at that time of day compared to the rest of your day? Unlikely though), or the timing of your medication (not sure, type 1 here so I'm just making a suggestion, I don't know about gliclazide). It would be strange if it happened every day, but stress can increase your blood sugars - do you do anything around tha Continue reading >>

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Temperature And Blood Glucose

Temperature And Blood Glucose

I had grand visions of my first blog post, but what I’ve decided to write about is the weather. The entire country seems to be dealing with freakishly cold or snowy or icy weather right now (except for the part of Florida where my parents are staying, which is sunny and 80s). Here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, it is negative 25 degrees at the moment. It was so cold this morning that school was cancelled for the second (or third) time in 25 years. This cold thing got me thinking about the effect of extreme cold and heat on blood glucose levels. I did a quick search and did not find a whole lot, but there are some interesting anecdotes. One person found that they tended to have more hypoglycemia unawareness (lack of low blood glucose symptoms) during extreme cold weather. We know that hot showers and hot tubs/hot springs can cause low blood glucose. This is related to the dilation of blood vessels that occurs in very hot water. On the other hand, sitting on the beach in the hot sun can cause high blood glucose. Probably the biggest frustration with extreme temperature and diabetes, however, is the fact that the blood glucose meter itself can malfunction. If we can’t accurately measure blood glucose in extreme temperatures, we’ll never really know the effect on our blood glucose level! At any rate, I hope you are staying warm tonight. What is your experience with extreme temperatures and your blood glucose levels? Please share! Continue reading >>

Hot Water, Long Showers

Hot Water, Long Showers

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. My daughter was diagnosed with type 1 in July. She was in the shower yesterday and started feeling weak. She waited too long to check herself. When she did she was down to 42. She ate candy and brought herself back up. Is it possible that too hot water or a too long shower could lower blood sugar? Welcome gbmktg! I remember seeing posts in the past where people have had lower blood sugars when the weather was hotter...so i'd assume that hot showers may do the same thing. For me, I seem to have the opposite effect, my blood sugars are usually up after a hot bath (but i'm T2, not on insulin). I think along the lines of Linda... I have seen many say that heat seems to cause a lowering effect. But I, also, find that it actually has a heightening effect for me, both weather and a hot shower. I did once find a text on the internet that acknowledged the effect of heat on blood sugars or levels of insulin resistance. But couldn't find it again. It does tend to be on the periphery of mainstream understandings of what affects blood sugars. I have no doubt in my own case from repeated observation, that heat can increase my blood sugar. At the same time, it helps to be careful not to ascribe the most obvious cause. There can be a number of reasons for a low that don't always seem all that obvious. I want to see a phenomenon repeat a number of times and in different circumstances (for example: different times to boluses, different times to food, different times to getting up) before being more sure in my suspicions. I also want to be aware of all other possibilities at the time, and have a definite handle Continue reading >>

Hot Showers And Type 1

Hot Showers And Type 1

I take hot showers, the hotter the better & Im not going to stop. Ive never noticed it making me high or low, but Ive never tested to see the effect. All Ive been warned about was soaking my feet in really hot water because of neuropathy. The loss of sensation can cause burns. But, that would have to be some boiling hot water. Theres another one for the You know youre a diabetic when posting when you have checked your blood sugar while sitting in a hot tub. What we are forgetting here is another possible reason for becoming low in a hot shower or hot tub whos with you. Might make a difference. (And tell me you werent thinking the same thing) Ive never heard this but many years ago a diabetic co-worker told me that taking hot showers helped lower her blood sugar. My Type 1 11-year-old has an immediate and significant blood sugar drop from a hot shower, but he is very insulin and glucose sensitive in all environments, more so than the average PWD. Everybodys experience is different, so what might be a problem for some might not be a problem for you. Try this experiment: next time you shower, check your BG before you get in, immediately after, and 30-60 minutes later. That should tell give you a rough idea of how much impact the shower has on your BG and how long it takes to show up. Then youll have the info you need on YOUR bodys reaction, and can plan appropriately in the future. Do they think well shrink? Obviously I dont shower in boiling water, though I doubt Id shrink after all these years. Lets see, if a PWD cuts herself doing dishes does that mean we are not excused from KP? Ive heard that all housecleaning is very bad for PWD:) Im getting a doctors note to turn into my insurance demanding that I must have a housekeeper! FIRSTmany PWD have some nerve damage, wheat Continue reading >>

High After Showering? : Diabetes

High After Showering? : Diabetes

I've noticed, for a while, that my dexcom always reads high after I shower. For a while I was bolusing thinking it was some morning thing, but then I noticed 1) it only happened when I showered and 2) I always ended up going low after. So then I thought maybe my Dexcom just read a bit high after it got wet, and went back to normal readings when it dried out, and I stopped worrying about it. I always seemed to go back into range within an hour of showering, anyway, without doing anything. Last week I started doing fingersticks because I was curious how "off" the Dexcom really was in those after-shower readings. Imagine my surprise to learn I am, in fact, going high after showers, and drifting back to normal within an hour after (more like within 20 minutes or so). EVERY DAMN SHOWER. If I go in at 120 I'll come out at 160. If I go in at 90 I'll come out at 130ish. I always rise between 20-40 points, and always come down. Anyone else experience this? What on earth could cause it? FWIW I take really short showers because I live in So Cal and there's a drought. It's not like I'm in there for 20 minutes contemplating the universe or anything. Continue reading >>

What Is Low Blood Sugar?

What Is Low Blood Sugar?

A child’s blood sugar is too low if it is lower than 70 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 4 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). Low blood sugar comes on quickly and must be treated right away. If low blood sugar is not treated right away, your child could pass out or even have a seizure. The brain could be harmed. Because the brain grows very quickly in the first 4 years of life, it’s particularly important to prevent very low blood sugar in young children. Everyone taking care of your child needs to know the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar so it can be treated right away. The medical term for low blood sugar is hypoglycemia. If your child is taking insulin, it is sometimes called an insulin reaction or insulin shock. What is the cause? Low blood sugar is usually a side effect of diabetes treatment. It can also result from other conditions, diseases, medicines, hormone or enzyme deficiencies, and tumors. When a child has diabetes, low blood sugar can be caused by too much insulin or other diabetes medicine. If your child is using insulin, it may happen because: Too much or the wrong type of insulin has been given. The insulin is no longer good because it has expired or was not stored properly. Your child has an insulin pump that is not working right. Some other things that can cause an abnormally low blood sugar level when a child has diabetes are: Exercising more than usual Skipping or delaying meals or snacks Having a meal or snack that is too small Dieting to lose weight Not taking diabetes medicines at the right time Side effects of other medicines Drinking alcohol Diarrhea or vomiting Taking a bath or shower or soaking in a hot tub soon after taking a shot of insulin (blood vessels in the skin dilate from the hot water and cause insulin to be absorbed more Continue reading >>

What People With Diabetes Should Know About Hot Tubs

What People With Diabetes Should Know About Hot Tubs

Taking a soak in a spa or hot tub can release tension from your muscles—and your mind. Some evidence even suggests it can help control your diabetes. As the hot water boosts your core temperature, your body activates its natural cooling mechanisms. Blood vessels near your skin dilate to release some of the extra heat you’ve absorbed. Hearing a doctor say “you have diabetes” can change your life — but it doesn’t mean your life is over. Watch these type 2 diabetics explain how their diagnoses got them on the path to better health. 2017 Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Healthgrades Operating Company, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the Healthgrades User Agreement. This increase in blood flow has beneficial effects, especially if you can’t exercise. More nutrient-rich blood reaches your muscles as a result. In some studies, regular hot tub visits actually reduced blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. But before you self-medicate with whirlpool jets and chlorine, check with your doctor. Hot tubs also present some added risks for people with diabetes. Beware of Burns Diabetes can contribute to nerve damage, leaving your feet less sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Stepping into boiling water could scald you before you feel a thing. To prevent burns, keep the water temperature at 105°F (40.5°C) or lower. Always dip your elbow in first to test the waters. Protect Your Heart Health Though you may feel relaxed, excessive heat can cause your heart to beat faster. If you have an underlying heart problem, you risk serious heart damage as a result. Talk with your doctor about heart concerns before soaking. Even if your heart appears healthy, hop out of the tub a Continue reading >>

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