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Type 1 And Sauna ! - Page 2

Type 1 And Sauna ! - Page 2

Member 7 yrs T1.5 - now on Levemir/Novorapid as of Nov-08 Its been two consecutive days and I see a pattern. BG level seems to be touching 350 after 40 minutes in sauna(I enter at BG level 200ish)...the next day skin appears less radiant. Is it okay? Also after having some 3 glasses of water BG level drops like 200 points within 75 minutes(this is after sauna) I know that saunas can rise your BP level but does it have any long and short term effects on type 1's ? Wow. 40minutes? I can barely stay in for 10-12 mins before I have to leave. Personally I prefer steam rooms, a friend of mine has always told me that saunas are very hard on your body and although I have nothing to back it up, I believe thats probably true. I haven't seen any massive shift in my BG levels before/after, but I know that Lantus can be affected by high temperatures so they always recommend against hot baths/saunas etc for that reason. Usually I'll use the steam room mid-late evening so that my morning dose of Levemir is all but finished just in case. New Member Type 1 since Dec 1978, on Levemir + Novorapid Huh, my wife and I are also Type 1, and have exactly the same problem like Silverado. We went to sauna 2x 16 minutes, with 10 minute cold shower and relaxation pause in between, and we BOTH got high BGs. I was 21,6 and she was 15,6 after sauna. This was our second visit to sauna (she was afraid of low blood pressure first time, but i managed to reassure her), and we noticed our BGs were high after sauna and first time. We were smarter yesterday, so we drank alltogheter almost 2 liter of isotonic drink in pause between sessionsm, but it didn't help. So theory about dehydration is not true. Anyone have other explanation? Shock to the organism and adrenaline rush? All that would result in LOW BGs, Continue reading >>

Spa, Sauna And Massage Therapy Return

Spa, Sauna And Massage Therapy Return

To enjoy the benefits of a spa or sauna, your diabetes must be well controlled. Stay well-hydrated, check your blood-glucose (sugar) levels more often than usual, and keep some quickly absorbed carbohydrates with you to treat hypoglycemia, if necessary. Wear flip-flops or sandals at all times to prevent injuries and infections. For several reasons, saunas and Finnish-style spas (alternating hot and cold) are often contra-indicated for people with diabetes, especially those being treated with insulin . Cause excessive sweating, which can lead to dehydration, producing a decrease in blood volume and, consequently, higher blood glucose (sugar) levels. Increase certain hormones that oppose the action of insulin, such as growth hormone and glucagon , which have a hyperglycemic effect (raising blood sugar). Dilate the blood vessels, increase the speed of insulin absorption and cause unusual variations in blood glucose levels. Dry out the skin and cause skin conditions or wounds. In addition, diabetes predisposes sufferers to cardiac complications, a contra-indication of sauna use. Also, public spaces like swimming pools, showers and saunas increase the risk of contamination by fungal or other types of infections that can aggravate conditions like neuropathy (a complication of diabetes that affects the nerves). A person with diabetes can have a massage from time to time. The latest data indicate that massage can help relieve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and normalize blood glucose (sugar) levels by increasing insulin sensitivity. It is important to inform the massage therapist about your diabetes and other health problems or skin conditions. If you have any circulatory problems, vascular disorders or uncontrolled blood sugar, massage may not be recommended. It is impor Continue reading >>

The Effects Of Repeated Thermal Therapy On Quality Of Life In Patients With Type Ii Diabetes Mellitus.

The Effects Of Repeated Thermal Therapy On Quality Of Life In Patients With Type Ii Diabetes Mellitus.

J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Jun;16(6):677-81. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0358. The effects of repeated thermal therapy on quality of life in patients with type II diabetes mellitus. Department of Family Medicine, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada. [email protected] Decreased quality of life in diabetes is associated with poor health outcomes. Far-infrared sauna treatments improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, and congestive heart failure. The objective of this study is to determine whether far-infrared saunas have a beneficial effect on quality of life in those with type II diabetes. This was a sequential, longitudinal, interrupted time series design study. The setting was Fraser Lake BC, a rural village in central British Columbia, Canada. All patients of the Fraser Lake Community Health Center with type II diabetes were invited to participate in this study. The study consisted of 20-minute, 3 times weekly infrared sauna sessions, over a period of 3 months. To assess quality of life, subjects completed the 36-item Short-form Health Survey Version 2 (SF-36v2) questionnaire as well as "Zero-to-Ten" Visual Analogue Scales. Baseline study parameters were measured within 1 week prior to commencing sauna sessions. Postintervention measurements were collected between 1 and 3 days after the last sauna session. Physical health, general health, and social functioning indices of the SF-36v2 improved. Visual Analogue Scales for stress and fatigue improved. Far-infrared sauna use maybe associated with improved quality of life in people with type II diabetes mellitus. Uptake of infrared saunas use is greater than the uptake of other lifestyle interventions. Continue reading >>

Dry Sauna Heat Helps The Heart

Dry Sauna Heat Helps The Heart

Oct. 1, 2001 - Dry sauna baths help the heart the same way exercise does, Japanese researchers report. The findings don't mean you should become a baked couch potato. They instead hint at a new way you can reduce your risk of heart disease . It seems to help people at risk of heart disease : those who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels , those with diabetes , or those who smoke. It also seems to help people who already have heart problems. "We have seen many patients with severe heart failure whose clinical symptoms improved dramatically by repeated sauna therapy," lead study author Chuwa Tei, MD, tells WebMD. Tei says the research team has evidence that repeated sauna treatment improves the blood vessel and heart function of patients with chronic heart failure. "The effect of sauna is similar to exercise for patients with coronary risk factors," Tei says, adding that the advantage of sauna compared to exercise also is applicable to patients with walking disturbances or to patients who can't exercise because of heart failure. The dry sauna used in this "thermal therapy" is not as hot as the saunas normally used in Japan and in Europe, warns Tei, who leads the internal medicine department at Japan's Kagoshima University. The treatment uses a sauna set at 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60(C), whereas saunas in gyms and hotels often are set at 175-210 degrees Fahrenheit (80-100(C). Tei advises patients to use the low-heat sauna for 15 minutes a day, three to five times per week. After the sauna, patients rest under blankets for 30 minutes. In a study appearing in the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Tei and co-workers gave this sauna treatment to 25 men ranging in age from 25 to 51. Three of the men had diabetes ; eight had hig 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 >>

Infrared Sauna For Diabetes | Good Health Saunas

Infrared Sauna For Diabetes | Good Health Saunas

Diabetes is a disease that impairs our bodys ability to balance the use of energy (glucose) derived from the foods we eat. Insulin, a natural hormone produced in our pancreas, delivers the bodys glucose to our cells to burn as energy, and Diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot make insulin or if the body cannot use insulin properly. Managing the symptoms of diabetes requires a strict adherence to diet and the adoption of many health and lifestyle changes. And while exercise and medication help to maintain a patients health, its important to not underestimate the importance of relaxation. A sauna, diabetes patients agree, can be a useful tool to achieve the benefits of relaxation. Unlike traditional saunas or steam baths, infrared sauna diabetes treatment is a renewing time for you to relax and unwind! And thanks to an air temperature thats lower and less humid than traditional saunas or steam baths, the infrared sauna is energizingjust the boost your tired body needs. The natural far infrared rays emitted during sauna diabetes therapy penetrate deep into your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, actually increasing circulation within the cells. Far infrared sauna diabetes therapy can increase micro circulation and, as a result, relieve pain and swelling, flush toxins, and help to rejuvenate healthy cellular functioning. New research also shows that far infrared rays from regular sauna diabetes treatment can inhibit bacterial growth, helping to prevent and reduce the chance of infection. When combined, saunas and diabetes management can improve patients overall physical health and provide a greater quality of life. Continue reading >>

Bath And Sauna In Diabetes Mellitus

Bath And Sauna In Diabetes Mellitus

Some researches show the usefulness of steam bath in case of diabetes mellitus, but in some cases steaming is prohibited for patients that suffer from this disease. Under the influence of the steam, some substances, binding insulin, are washed away, while the excessive amount of it may lead to hypoglycemic coma. Upon the first signs of coma patient has to drink hot sweet tea, but in very hard cases there is a need of direct glucose injection in patients organism via intravenous route. Most of patients agree that bathing has positive effect both in Russian and Turkish baths. Apart from overall improving effect, bathing helps to decrease blood sugar level, moreover, effect from this procedure works for 5-6 hours. However, if a patient has visited the steam bath, it is necessary to have another examination to detect possible counter-indications. In this case doctor may define an optimal temperature range, duration of staying in the bath as well as the rest, including or excluding, presumably, some other procedures. Counter-indications to bath in case of diabetes mellitus The acetone odor is a sign prohibiting to visit any bath, especially, when there are chronic diseases of kidneys and acute liver diseases as well as if there are some cardio-vascular diseases. Patient has to monitor his or her condition in bath and should avoid quick temperature changes. Patient also should not dip his or her body into cold water right after leaving the steam room because it may lead to vessel spasms. Besides, there is a high probability of fungus infections; that is why patient should take care of his feet and soils. This person must have personal slippers and look over soils after the bath. Visiting sauna in case of diabetes mellitus Sauna in case of diabetes mellitus and in general is Continue reading >>

Health Benefits Of Using Infrared Sauna : Diabetic Symptom Relief

Health Benefits Of Using Infrared Sauna : Diabetic Symptom Relief

Health Benefits of Using Infrared Sauna : Diabetic Symptom Relief Type II Diabetes is a serious condition that can afflict people of all ages. Those with the disorder have a higher risk of developing heart disease, organ and nerve damage, blindness, and many other serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, certain risk factors such as age, race and family history are out of your control, and increase the likelihood that you will develop the disease at some point in your lifetime.1 Although lifestyle and health habit changes can be made, adjusting to life with type II Diabetes can be difficult. Diet, exercise and medication can all help to alleviate symptoms, but relaxation is just as important. When you experience stress or anxiety, your body will increase the level of blood sugar in your body, which can have devastating consequences for those with Diabetes. Many relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness, visualization, deep breathing and mediation are utilized by those with the disease in an effort to counteract the negative effects of stress. Fortunately, a new treatment modality is on the rise: the infrared sauna. Thermal therapy has been shown to be of immense benefit to those suffering from type II Diabetes, providing an alternative form of treatment to standard relaxation practices. A study completed by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia found that the physical health, general health, and social functioning indicesimproved. Visual analogue scales for stress and fatigue improved.2 in patients who underwent 20-minute sauna sessions three times a week for a period of three months. The conclusion? Thermal therapy, specifically that of the far-infrared sauna, can improve the overall general health and quality of life of those livi Continue reading >>

Lowering Blood Sugar By Turning Up Our Body Heat

Lowering Blood Sugar By Turning Up Our Body Heat

Lowering Blood Sugar By Turning Up Our Body Heat Some of us might be thrilled if we could manage our blood sugar by sitting in a hot tub or sauna, instead of working up a sweat biking, or using an elliptical. Unfortunately, passively raising our body temperature will never provide the same variety of benefits as aerobic exercise. Yet, research suggests hot baths and saunas may benefit people struggling with insulin resistance or glucose control, and those unable to exercise. The glucose lowering benefit of heat was revealed when some non-diabetic research volunteers, whose blood sugar and core temperatures were monitored, ate similar meals after sitting in a hot bath (104 degrees F) for 60 minutes, and after an hour long bike ride. Researchers were surprised to discover that the participants after-meal glucose readings were 10 percent lower following the steamy bath than after biking. Raising our core temperature may lower post-meal glucose because of HSPs, or heat shock proteins. These proteins are part of the immune system, released as our body temperature rises. HSPs are believed to reduce blood sugar levels by transporting glucose from the blood to our skeletal muscles. While enjoying a 60 minute hot soak before dinner is not a daily option for most of us, incorporating heat therapy into our weekly routine is something to consider since - besides improving insulin sensitivity - hot baths and saunas offer other diabetes-related perks: The researchers found an hour long hot bath increases the bodys energy expenditure by 80 percent. Thats significant, though its far less than the energy spent on a 60 minute bike ride. An hour of pedaling burns about 630 calories, whereas 60 minutes in hot water uses 140 calories. Saunas are more efficient calorie burners than hot bath Continue reading >>

Sweating In The Sauna ???

Sweating In The Sauna ???

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community OK I am a 42 year old Type 2 Diabetic... for a few years (since I was diagnosed about 5 years ago infact) I have been a bad diabetic, definetly eat all the wrong things, and no real form of exercise ! This year I am making a concerted effort to do things the right way... I have started a much healthier diet regime, and am also trainign at a local gym... After a 50 min cardio workout I like to go and chill in the Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam Room... I remember reading on a Sauna and Steam Room once that Diabetic people are not suppose to do either... can someone give me some information on this ? Are they good or bad ? I am Hyper Glychemic (yes I know I spelt it wrong ! lol) so my sugar levels are usually very high... wondering if it's bad for one type of Diabetics and not others ??? OK Here goes... Remember I am in England (Europe) so we have a different scale to you Americans (who even do Diabetis bigger lol !) Apparerlently a normal person would have a BS of around 5... When I was a bad diabetic (about 5 weeks ago) it was not unusual to have a fastign reading of around 15 give or take a couple points... and after my usual consumption it could be in the high 20's (very worrying !) OK today my ingers feel like a pin cushion... I started by taking a fasting reading which was 9.9 (still a little high for my liking) I had my hearty lunch which was probably more than I should of had (still getting the diet right) 2 prawn and cucumber wholemeal rolls and a soup bumped my BS to 13.6 ! OK here's the interesting bit... I did a 50 minute cardio workout... when I took the reading after this workout my BS had plumeted to 5.7 which would seem a good thing no ? I then Continue reading >>

Diabetics & Saunas | Healthy Living

Diabetics & Saunas | Healthy Living

There is a lot of mixed information regarding the use of saunas for diabetics. In all cases, diabetics should consult a doctor before using a sauna. Before doing so, however, it is a good idea to be informed of the benefits and concerns of saunas and diabetics. When the human body is exposed to the kind of intense heat produced by a sauna, the capillaries dilate, so the heart has to work harder to send blood to them. Because high blood pressure and other heart concerns are common for diabetics, it is clear to see the potential danger of saunas for diabetics. Additionally, saunas typically dehydrate the body by releasing sweat through the skins pores. This also poses a potential danger for diabetics. According to a 1980 study published by V.A. Koivisto in the "British Medical Journal," the rate of insulin delivery from the injection site affects the blood glucose concentration. Exercise accelerates insulin absorption, while rest can slow it. Because the blood flow in the skin is dependent on environmental temperature, the heat in saunas accelerates blood flow and, therefore, insulin absorption. Koivisto's study, which looked at diabetics in Finland who regularly take saunas, revealed that after the sauna, blood flow decreased, which slowed down insulin absorption. Infrared lighting has been shown to improve the condition of diabetic neuropathy. Infrared lighting reduces the numbing conditions and causes molecules of nitric oxide to be released from hemoglobin in the bloodstream, which, in turn, increases blood flow. This is particularly beneficial to diabetics who suffer from poor blood circulation to the feet and other extremities. Saunas with infrared lamps are also less hot than typical saunas, so the heart does not have to work so hard in these saunas to manage the Continue reading >>

How Can Infrared Saunas Help My Diabetes?

How Can Infrared Saunas Help My Diabetes?

Improve your quality life with Inner Light. Book an infrared sauna therapy session today! A study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine conducted by Dr. Richard Beever , a professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Family Medicine, found the positive effects of infrared light on Type II diabetic patients. Dr. Beever observed and studied patients from the Fraser Lake Community Health Center who were instructed to partake in 20-minute infrared sauna therapy sessions three times a week for three months. At the end of the study, Dr. Beever concluded that Far-infrared sauna use may be associated with improved quality of life in people with Type II diabetes mellitus. He also stated that Uptake of infrared saunas use is greater than the uptake of other lifestyle interventions. Similar results were reflected in a Japanese study in which bedridden patients experienced a significant reduction in stress levels. Infrared light therapy should not be confused as a treatment for diabetes, but moreso a source of relief for diabetic and prediabetic patients. For infrared sauna therapy in Darien, look no further than Inner Light. We offer a range of infrared light therapy sessions that are catered to your desires. We value the many benefits of infrared saunas and would like to share them with you. Book your session today . Continue reading >>

Type 1 And Sauna !

Type 1 And Sauna !

Its been two consecutive days and I see a pattern. BG level seems to be touching 350 after 40 minutes in sauna(I enter at BG level 200ish)...the next day skin appears less radiant. Is it okay? Also after having some 3 glasses of water BG level drops like 200 points within 75 minutes(this is after sauna) I know that saunas can rise your BP level but does it have any long and short term effects on type 1's ? D.D. Family T1 for 54 years - on Pump since 03/2008 Its been two consecutive days and I see a pattern. BG level seems to be touching 350 after 40 minutes in sauna(I enter at BG level 200ish)...the next day skin appears less radiant. Is it okay? Also after having some 3 glasses of water BG level drops like 200 points within 75 minutes(this is after sauna) I know that saunas can rise your BP level but does it have any long and short term effects on type 1's ? I'm a type 1 and in my experience, classic sauna is more stressful for my body, and more likely to raise my BG level, than infrared sauna is. Sauna is like doing sports, if I'm higher than 10, I have to lower my BG before I sauna, otherwise it rises too much. 200 seems a bit high to enter the sauna, I work with mmol/l and prefer to be 7 before I enter. I have an infrared sauna at home now, and find that much better for my BG. It's better for my body in general, and it's like a workout, but a very enjoyable one! Afterward you're likely to need a little fruit or something to level of your BGs. But I do always measure before and after. Drinking water can lower your BG a bit, but a drop of 200 seems more likely to be an after effect of the sauna. Classic sauna is more stressful in my opinion because the scorching heat also has an effect on you lungs, temperatures in an infrared never go above 60C (95C for a classic), Continue reading >>

Infrared Sauna And Diabetes

Infrared Sauna And Diabetes

November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050. Did you know that many people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes use infrared therapy to support their health? In a study published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Dr. Richard Beever, professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia, found that infrared saunas help diabetics. Dr. Beever knew of data that showed that far-infrared sauna treatments improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and congestive heart failure. He wanted to determine whether far-infrared saunas have a beneficial effect on quality of life in those with type II diabetes as well. At the Fraser Lake Community Health Center in rural British Columbia, all patients with type II diabetes were invited to participate in a study consisting of 20-minute infrared sauna sessions three times a week for three months. The study used Sunlighten infrared saunas . Far-infrared sauna use may be associated with improved quality of life in people with type II diabetes mellitus, the research concluded. Uptake of infrared saunas use is greater than the uptake of other lifestyle interventions. Dr. Beever later told an interviewer, Generally, I would feel comfortable in recommending infrared saunas, but I am comfortable more particularly with Sunlighten , as I have done subsequent research examining the effects of their specific sauna and heating technology on quality of life, blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, sugar levels and in those with type 2 diabetes (another publication is pending). In the April 2010 issue of Acta Medica Okayama, doctors from the Depar Continue reading >>

Hot Tub Therapy For Type 2 Diabetes Reduces Blood Sugar Levels & Improves Sleep

Hot Tub Therapy For Type 2 Diabetes Reduces Blood Sugar Levels & Improves Sleep

Hot Tub Therapy has found to be useful in controlling Type 2 diabetes. Yes, you read that correctly. According to the American Diabetes Association, over 15.7 million Americans are diabetic. More people are being diagnosed as diabetic every day! Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90% of cases. It is a disorder in which the body is not able to make enough insulin or to properly use insulin to turn the glucose in food into energy. Having Type 2 Diabetes does not mean that it’s the end of the world. With a simple guide to managing Type 2 Diabetes, you can still live a healthy and happy life. Since November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, I thought it would be a good time to shine a spotlight on a serious disease that leads to potentially life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and possible amputation. Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have given new hope to the millions who suffer from diabetes. “Hot tub therapy” helped a group of Type 2 diabetics reduce their blood sugar levels and improve sleep patterns. (If I had Type 2 diabetes, I”d take those improvements for starters, wouldn’t you?) Hot tubbing was judged beneficial because the effects of partial immersion in a hot tub simulate the beneficial effects of exercise. Physical exercise is recommended for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Soaking in a hot tub was found to be beneficial for Type 2 diabetes according to an independent study done by Dr. Philip L. Hooper at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado. He studied a group of Type 2 diabetes patients for three weeks. The patients were required to soak in a hot tub for thirty minutes a day, six days a week, for the duration of the study Continue reading >>

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