Baths ward-off diabetes, but showers are more hygienic! | Daily Mail Online
Research suggests it might even help athletes and improve fitness levels.Scientists at Bangor University have discovered that a hot bath can even stimulate the immune system.
Professor Neil Walsh, an exercise scientist at the university, explains: This may be helpful for heavy exercisers, as hard exercise temporarily decreases immune function.
Here are the health facts you need to weigh up when deciding whether you should bath or shower
Last year, experts at Loughborough University discovered that sitting for an hour in a hot bath (40c/104f) lowered blood sugar levels more effectively than spending the same amount of time cycling. This could, in turn, lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
There are two reasons why baths might affect blood sugar levels, says Dr Steve Faulkner, an exercise physiologist and the studys author, now based at Nottingham Trent University.
First, heat increases blood flow around the body as the body tries to cool itself down, and this increased blood flow is thought to increase the amount of blood sugar taken up by the muscles, which thereby reduces the amount in the blood.
Health boost: Experts recently conducted a study which claimed taking baths could lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, which is increasingly-common
We also suspect substances called heat shock proteins play a role, says Dr Faulkner. As the name suggests, these are produced by cells in response to heat, and they play a role in blood sugar regulation.
Its unlikely that heat shock proteins will be produced to the same extent if you opt for a shower.
You are fully submerged in Continue reading