Will Hydrotherapy Help in my Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes?

In this day and age, when everyone is looking for a quick fix to solve a problem, there are a lot of fad treatments for a variety of ailments. You may have heard of using hydrotherapy as a treatment for Diabetes. Does it work? Is it a valid treatment to help manage your Diabetes?

A study by the New England Journal of Medicine shows that hydrotherapy does offer several benefits for people who are managing their diabetes. Scientists have found that the warm-water treatment helps with circulation and the slow healing effects of Diabetes. In the study, the researchers found that after several days of treatment patients needed less insulin, slept better, felt better, lost weight and had less glucose in the blood.

How It Works

Hydrotherapy works by helping open up blood vessels, allowing more blood to flow through the body. As it does this, the heart rate will increase similar to exercise. To get this benefit, it takes sessions 30 minutes up to 45 minutes a day in a hot tub.

Benefits of Hydrotherapy

The dilated blood vessels help to deliver blood to more places. For those who suffer from numbness or coldness in the fingers or toes, this helps to open small capillaries and provide blood to areas that may not receive as freely. This helps to alleviate pain or tingling due to Diabetic Neuropathy. The increased blood flow helps to counter the slow healing effects of Diabetes. The improved blood flow brings nutrients and removes toxins and waste from the muscles and organs in the body.

Other benefits include:

  • Improved Circulation

  • Stress Relief

  • Increased Heart Rate

Who Benefits the Most

The study found that a 45-minute session is almost as beneficial as running 5 miles. However, it is not an exact equivalent, but for those with mobility issues or who are elderly, this type of treatment could provide most beneficial like those with injury or muscle movements.

It is important to remember that using Hydrotherapy should use in conjunction with other methods of managing your Diabetes, such as diet and insulin if needed.

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