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 benefits to hot tub use for diabetes sufferers – the patients were reporting better sleep and increased sense of well-being.

Many studies show the link between stress and high blood sugar: Under stress, your body goes into fight-or-flight mode, raising blood sugar levels to prepare you for action,” says Richard Surwit, PhD, author of The Mind-Body Diabetes Revolution and chief of medical psychology at Duke University.

Dr. Hooper notes that hot tub use for diabetics is a lifestyle change, a positive one for diabetics if it can decrease stress and improve sleep – all factors that are important for type 2 diabetes sufferers.

Suggested Therapy Hot Tubs:

  • The Gemini 1-2 Person Hot Tub. This affordable and versatile hot tub can fit indoors or outdoors. It is perfect for personal therapy, and provides full body immersion while taking up the fraction of space that a traditional hot tub occupies. The Gemini hot tub is the ideal tub for personal therapy.
  • The Concord 4-5 Person Hot Tub. This is our #1 best selling hot tub and a perfect mid-size tub for every need – from entertainment to therapy to romance. The Concord has it all.
  • The Healing Spa Therapy Hot Tub. This spa was designed for Arthritis sufferers in collaboration with the American Arthritis Foundation. The Healing Spa won an award for it’s ‘Ease of Use’, making this hot tub an excellent choice for those with limited mobility.

8 tips for hot tub use:

  1. Talk to your doctor about warm water therapy first and foremost
  2. Use the hot tub at the end of the day, after the strenuous activities of the day have been completed
  3. Never hot tub alone
  4. Check your glucose levels before getting into the hot tub. If your levels are spiking or dropping, wait until they become normal.
  5. Make sure the water temperature does not exceed 104. Damaged nerve endings in the feet could cause accidentally burning.
  6. Only use a clean and well balanced spa to prevent risk of bacterial infections
  7. Since using the hot tub may cause a drop in blood pressure, exit the tub very slowly and with assistance. You will not feel the dizziness until you stand up.
  8. Use the hot tub along with your other therapies, like diet and exercise.

Are you a diabetes sufferer who would like to see if warm water therapy will help? Get your free Thermospas brochure and DVD today:

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