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Do Hot Tubs Raise Blood Sugar

Hot Tub Type 1?

Hot Tub Type 1?

Is it safe for a type 1 to go into a hot tub? I know if on insulion pump you would not want the insulin near hot water. are their any other complactions from spending time in a hot tub? I am thinking about purchasing one. D.D. Family T1 Since 2006, Omnipod Since 2007 Nothing i am aware of, not had any problems. The trick with the 'pod is to use a site on your upper arm on days when you are planning on using the tub - that way the arms can stay out and avoid cooking the insulin. D.D. Family T2 dx 3/07, tx w/very lo carb D&E Met, bolus R Being exposed to hot water for extended periods will get your circulation moving faster and could drop your blood sugar. Also, some hot tubs can breed bacteria if not properly maintained (or maybe even with the best maintenance), leaving any cracks or openings in your skin susceptible to invasion/infection. Any current sores, etc. shouldn't be soaked for long periods anyway, and soaking the skin for long periods can make it more fragile. Those are the potential risks that I've heard, and maybe they are not that significant, so you can decide how you would like to proceed from there. 'Veni, Vidi, Velcro' - I came, I saw, I stuck around. 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 >>

Dr. Bernstein Objects To Hot Tub Therapy

Dr. Bernstein Objects To Hot Tub Therapy

Dr. Bernstein Objects to “Hot Tub Therapy” Sitting in a hot tub helped improve blood sugar readings, sleep, and general well being in a group of patients with Type 2 diabetes, reports a Colorado researcher. But a diabetes expert cautions that “hot-tub therapy” can be dangerous for diabetics who have lost feeling in their feet, and increase their risk of skin injuries. The new study, in a letter published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine, looked at a group of 8 people with Type 2, or adult-onset, diabetes. Such patients are often told to engage in regular exercise to control their condition, but not all are able to exercise. The researchers conducted the study to see if sitting in a hot tub offered an effect similar to the beneficial effects of exercise for these patients. The research team, led by Dr. Philip L. Hooper from the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, found that sitting in a hot tub for 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week for three weeks improved the patients’ condition, helping them lose weight and lower their blood sugar or glucose levels. “As the study progressed, they reported improved sleep and an increased general sense of well-being,” Hooper writes. After 10 days of such hot-tub therapy, one study participant reduced his daily dose of insulin by 18%, the researchers report. “Our results suggest that hot-tub therapy should be further evaluated as a therapy for patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Hooper concludes, suggesting that the benefits “could result from increased blood flow to skeletal muscles.” But one diabetes expert, Dr. Richard Bernstein, director of the New York Diabetes Center in Mamaroneck, New York, warns people with Type 2 diabetes to think twice before jumping into the hot tub. “The heat will help 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 >>

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 >>

Diabetes And Hot Tubs

Diabetes And Hot Tubs

Most people agree that taking a steamy bath or treating yourself to a dip in a hot tub can be a relaxing way to end a long day. But according to some medical studies, it might also be a way to beat diabetes. The results of a pilot study, published in the New England Journal Medicine, indicated that hot tub therapy helped a group of adults with type 2 diabetes improve their sleep patterns, lose weight and lower their blood sugar levels. Diabetes Health magazine reported on the study. Dr. Phillip L. Hooper, of the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colorado, authored the study. Participants included five men and three women ages 43 to 68, who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes for more than three years. During the study, the spent 30 minutes in a 104-degree hot tub six days a week, for three weeks. "These results suggest that hot tub therapy should be further evaluated as a therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus," Hooper told Diabetes Health. "It may be especially helpful for patients who are unable to exercise." Hooper also told the magazine that after only 10 days of hot tub therapy, one of the participants was able to reduce his daily dose of insulin by 18 percent. On average, study participants lost almost four pounds during the six-week study, too. Though Hooper's preliminary work suggests that hot tub therapy can be beneficial for diabetes, many experts advise that diabetics proceed with caution. According to information from the US Department of Health and Human Services Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, between 60 and 70 percent of all people with diabetes suffer from a form of nerve damage called neuropathy, which usually presents with symptoms including pain, tingling or loss of feeling in the hands, arms, feet and legs. Symptoms like numbness Continue reading >>

Heat And Type 1 Diabetes

Heat And Type 1 Diabetes

Note: This article is part of our Daily Life library of resources. To learn more about the many things that affect your health and daily management of Type 1, visit here. Whether experiencing hot summer temperatures or a tropical vacation, it is important for everyone to beware of the heat – and the various effects that it can have on our bodies. Have you ever noticed your blood sugar either spiking or dropping rapidly in severe temperatures? Many people with Type 1 diabetes run into this issue and have been baffled as to why. Heat may have much more of an impact on your blood glucose levels than you realized! Keeping a close eye on your BG becomes even more important when in areas with higher temperatures. Here are some possible explanations to the heat’s role in blood sugar fluctuations, and some factors to keep in mind while enjoying your summer fun in the sun with Type 1! High blood sugar Heat can spike blood sugar levels easily if we are not properly hydrated. When the body is dehydrated, blood glucose becomes more concentrated due to the decrease in blood flow through the kidneys. This makes it much more difficult for the kidneys to remove any excess glucose from urine. How to fix it? Adjust insulin dosages as instructed by a medical professional, and most importantly drink plenty of water! Low blood sugar Blood glucose levels have been known to plummet in the heat – especially when combined with exercise. Why is this? Heat can cause the body’s blood vessels to expand, which in turn can speed up insulin absorption and potentially lead to hypoglycemia. This can be made worse when exercising due to the increased blood flow to certain areas, especially if insulin is injected in the legs. Also consider that hot tubs/jacuzzis or hot showers/baths can have the s 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 >>

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 >>

I Am Wondering Why We Are Not Suppose To Take Ho... | Diabetic Connect

I Am Wondering Why We Are Not Suppose To Take Ho... | Diabetic Connect

My only two cents worth has to be that in some folks, our sense of pain gets compromised, and we can be taking what we think is a warm bath, only to discover that the temp is actualy hot enough to cause a burn, and you might not ever feel it, and to double the danger, if your body can't feel it, it is also slow to heal it, and common knowledge is that diabetics are much slower to heal in any case. I USED TO ALWAYS TAKE HOT BATHS JUST TO RELAX, BUT MY NEUROLOGIST BANNED ME FROM HOT BATHS N SHOWERS FOR TWO REASONS MY DIABETES N MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS. SO NOW I HAVE TO TAKE COOL ONES N ITS NOT THE SAME YES BANNED ME NOW WEN I SHOWER N BATHE I FEEL DIRTY LOL LOL. HAVE TO CHANGE MY LIFESTYLE NOW :( I feel the same way, i am type 2 and hot bathes has soothe my sore muscles and helped with the aches and pains of my RA. I have 2 large bottles of Schweppes slimline Indian tonic water (mixed with Lemon zest and containing quinine) the quinine helps tremendously with cramp. I must admit it is an aquired taste because of the quinine but I only take a small half glass twice a week and it has helped with my cramp. Can't remember the last time a had a bad cramp. lol I mentioned this to you before, but I know when Im dehydrated because my toes and calves will cramp like nobodys business!!! Also i have a question' Is it safe for diabetics to use a tanning bed?.. I was told it was ok and but was also told no it isn't safe, any one know anything on this subject? Heat and diabetes can be a troubling issue. What I recommend are things where the heat dissipates and you have to be able to detect the heat before you start. Often, as many have said here, we don't have an accurate "feeling" of heat and the chance of burning ourselves is a greater risk. Here is a discussion that also talk about heat Continue reading >>

10 Things That Can Spike Your Blood Sugar

10 Things That Can Spike Your Blood Sugar

When you first found out you had diabetes, you tested your blood sugar often to understand how food, activity, stress and illness could affect your blood sugar levels. By now, you’ve got it figured out for the most part, right? But suddenly — BAM! Something makes your blood sugar zoom up. You try to adjust it with food or activity or insulin, and it dips low. You’re on that rollercoaster no one with diabetes wants to ride. Knowledge is power! Look out for these surprising triggers that can send your blood sugar soaring: 1 – Heat Extreme heat (in baths or hot tubs) can cause blood vessels to dilate, which makes insulin absorb more quickly and could lead to low blood sugar. 2 – Artificial sweeteners More research needs to be done, but some studies show that they can raise blood sugar. 3 – Coffee Even without sweetener, coffee can raise blood sugar, due to the caffeine. Some people are extra-sensitive to caffeine. 4 – Losing sleep Just one night of poor sleep can make your body use insulin less efficiently. 5 – Skipping breakfast Going without that morning meal can increase blood sugar after both lunch and dinner. 6 – Time of day The later it gets, the harder blood sugar can be to control. 7 – The “Dawn Phenomenon” People have a surge in hormones early in the morning, whether they have diabetes or not. For people with diabetes, this means blood sugar can spike. 8 – Dehydration Less water in your body means a higher blood sugar concentration. 9 – Nasal sprays Some sprays have chemicals that trigger your liver to release more sugar into your bloodstream. 10 – Gum disease It’s both a complication of diabetes and a cause for blood sugar spiking. Watch out for other triggers that can make your blood sugar spike. If an activity, food or situation 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 >>

Should Diabetics Use Hot Tubs?

Should Diabetics Use Hot Tubs?

Today is Diabetes Alert Day. This event, which happens the 4th Tuesday of March each year, aims at increasing awareness about the risk of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a preventable and treatable disease that goes unnoticed by thousands of children and adults each year. To find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, we encourage you to take the online test by the American Diabetes Association. For each test taken today, $5 will be donated to the Association: Take the test on Facebook   or view as a PDF . Many of our customers have type 2 diabetes and use their hot tub for therapy, under the direction of their physician. People often wonder if it’s safe for diabetics to use hot tubs. We’ve all seen the public hot tub signs warning against the use of hot tubs for diabetics, and it is not debatable that type 1 diabetes sufferers cannot use hot tub therapy. A study by the New England Journal of Medicine, however, conducted a study that showed a decrease in glucose level, and an increased overall sense of well-being,  for people using a hot tub regularly with type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Philip Hooper of Colorodo University originally conducted the study to test if  hot tub immersion would stimulate exercise in diabetes patients. The test subjects, all with type 2 diabetes, sat in the hot tub for 30 minutes, 6 days a week, for 3 weeks. At the end of the study, the all patients experienced weight loss and lowered blood sugar levels, and another patient was able to reduce his insulin intake by 18%. The original intent of the study, to see if increased blood flow would stimulate exercise, also proved promising. Patients previously unable to exercise showing increased mobility. Aside from the medical benefits that the study revealed, Dr. Hooper noticed other Continue reading >>

Hot Tub Therapy For People With Diabetes By Daniel Trecroci

Hot Tub Therapy For People With Diabetes By Daniel Trecroci

Is it possible that a dip in the hot tub can cause a dip in the blood sugars? 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 2s reduce their blood sugars, lose weight and improve sleep patterns. Philip L. Hooper, MD, of the McKee Medical Center 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. “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, while HbA1c was reduced from an average of 11.2% to 10.2%. Weight was decreased by an average of 3.75 pounds. In 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. Another subject, however, showed no reduction in her HbA1c. “I asked her how her three weeks had gone,” Hooper explains. “She said she had a terrible three weeks. Her coworker had quit, her house had gone up for sale and her daughter had a complication in her pregnancy. She said the only quiet time in her day was when she was in the hot tub. In other words, during the study, she was under emotional stress, which will increase blood 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 >>

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