Hot tubs are well known for their soothing features, especially when it comes to sore muscles. One of the lesser known advantages is for people with diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites that, as of 2010, 25.8 million people in the U.S. had diabetes, with an another 1.9 million people diagnosed every year. The disease can lead to other health problems if not treated. According to a study done by Dr. Phillip L. Hooper of Colorado, people with Type II diabetes can benefit from soaking in a hot tub.

In the study which involved eight diabetic men and women between 43 and 68 years old, the patients spent 30 minutes per day, six days a week for three consecutive weeks. Participants were able to reduce their weight and insulin intake and while improving their ability to sleep at night.

If you are diabetic and have lost feeling in your feet, it's important to carefully gauge your time in the water and keep the temperature at a maximum of 104 degrees. Limit yourself to 20 to 30 minutes in the water each day. Remember, if you can't feel the heat in your feet, you may be overdoing it, which can cause burns. Use caution. Climbing into the spa gently and steering clear of the sides and jets can minimize any chances of banging your feet and causing an injury that you can't feel. Be sure that there are no mystery items in the basin. If you have limited feeling in the feet or other extremities, it might be helpful to have a friend or family member get in first and guide you as an extra precautionary measure.

Water therapy is also helpful for people who need assistance in weight loss but have difficulty exercising in traditional ways. Movement in the water is easier due to increased buoyancy. This helps with weight loss, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure, factors which can help people with diabetes to control their disease. It's important for anyone with medical conditions, such as Type II diabetes, to consult their healthcare professional before trying a new approach or adjusting their medication.

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