Using a Sauna for Diabetes
How can an infrared sauna from Good Health Saunas benefit people with diabetes? Let’s find out.
To fully understand diabetes, it is important to understand what happens normally. In a healthy person, the food that you eat- especially carbohydrates are broken down by your body into a sugar called glucose. Glucose is used by the your cells to generate the energy you need to perform functions like moving. It is even important for your brain health.
Glucose is able to enter into the cells of your body in order to be converted into energy through the help of a chemical in your body called insulin. Insulin is like a key that opens the door to your cells to allow glucose in.
In Type 2 Diabetes however, this ability of sugar to enter into the cells and be used to generate energy is impaired.
This can happen for two reasons:
- The pancreas, which is the main organ for producing insulin, somehow is no longer making enough insulin in the body
- Insulin is being produced by the pancreas but it is ineffective at letting glucose into the cells.
Symptoms of diabetes include:
- increased thirst and urination
- increased hunger
- blurred vision
- numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
- sores that do not heal
- unexplained weight loss
Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes occur slowly over a number of years and so you might not even notice it. Some people don’t even find out until they have a complication of diabetes.
Who is at risk to get Type 2 Diabetes?
The chances of developing Type 2 Diabetes depends on a number of risk factors. Some of these factors- family history, age and ethnicity- cannot be modified.
There are however, a number of risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes that can be reduced by changing habits and lifestyles.
- Eating a healthy balanced diet
- Exercising or engaging in physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day
- Drinking more water
- Taking care of your mental health. Depression can be a risk factor for diabetes
- Reducing the amount of refined sugars and processed foods you eat as they can be harder for your body to break down
All these actions will help you stay at a healthy body weight, reduce bad fats and the accumulation of glucose in your body which in turn help to reduce the chances of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
Treating Type 2 Diabetes
Depending on the cause, Type 2 diabetes it is treated differently. Talk to your doctor to get to the root of your particular issue so that the appropriate medicine can be prescribed.
It is important that any symptoms that suggest to you that you might have Type 2 Diabetes are reported to your doctor.
Managing the symptoms of diabetes also requires a strict adherence to diet and the adoption of the health and lifestyle changes we mentioned above.
Without treatment, complications to Type 2 Diabetes will develop. Complications include unhealed wounds and uncontrollable infections which may lead to the amputation of limbs.
Hyperglycemia is also another serious complication of Type 2 Diabetes. In hyperglycemia, glucose that has not been able to enter a person’s cells accumulate in the blood. This is dangerous and if not treated immediately can lead to death.
How an Infrared Sauna from Good Health Saunas can help with diabetes
Several research studies now show that infrared saunas can have a positive effect for people with diabetes.
In a study published by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Canada, patients with diabetes enjoyed 20-minute sessions in an infrared sauna three times weekly for 3 months. After 3 months, high blood pressure which is typically associated with diabetes was significantly reduced in diabetes patients who used infrared saunas.
Furthermore, they reported that people were more likely to want to sit in an infrared sauna for 20 minutes than other lifestyle modifications.
That sounds like a win in our book!
In addition to reducing high blood pressure, it is important to not underestimate the importance of relaxation. Unlike traditional saunas or steam baths, infrared sauna diabetes treatment is a renewing time for you to relax and unwind! And thanks to an air temperature that’s lower and less humid than traditional saunas or steam baths, the infrared sauna is energizing—just the boost your tired body needs.
The natural far infrared rays emitted during sauna diabetes therapy penetrate deep into your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments, actually increasing circulation within the cells. Far infrared sauna diabetes therapy can increase microcirculation and, as a result, relieve pain and swelling. Your body will also flush toxins which leaves you with an overall great feeling. New research also shows that far infrared rays from regular sauna diabetes treatment can inhibit bacterial growth, helping to prevent and reduce the chance of infection.
An infrared sauna is definitely an asset to have to deal with symptoms of diabetes.