Regular hot bath can prevent you from blood sugar and diabetes
New Delhi : Blood Sugar and diabetes are believed to be the problems which have no permanent cure and if one person is diagnosed with it, he or she needs to maintain the levels with different medication all through the life.
A new study has found that regular hot baths have beneficial effect against the blood sugar and type 2 diabetes. The new research was presented at this year's Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).
There have been studies in the history which have already claimed that Sauna and heat therapy have shown positive results in improving the blood sugar levels and body fat percentage. However, there have been no studies to date using a large number of patients that have examined effects of hot-tub bathing on metabolic parameters in patients with T2D in a real-world setting.
Japan is one nation where most of the residences are fitted with a bath/hot-tub and bathing is a traditional and common life habit. So, the research was done on a sample of people from Japan.
They obtained the information on the habits of bathing by using a questionnaire from 1,297 patients with type 2 diabetes, who regularly visited the outpatient unit of Kohnodai Hospital between October 2018 and March 2019, and studied the association of frequency of bathing with anthropometric measurements and blood test results. The patients were divided into three groups according to the frequency of bathing as follows; group 1: 4 or more baths per week; group 2: between 1 and 4 baths per week; group 3: less than 1 bath per week.
After various statistical analyses, the data showed the mean frequency of bathing was 4.2 times a week and the mean duration of bathing was 16 minutes. Decreased body weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, diastolic blood pressure and glycated haemoglobin were associated with increased bathing frequency.
The authors conclude: "Our results indicate that daily heat exposure through hot-tub bathing has beneficial influences on cardiovascular risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes."