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April 13, 2022
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Diabetes And Sauna

How Far Infrared Saunas Can Support Symptoms Of Diabetes

As a result of spending time in an infrared sauna, you’re not just countering your risk of getting diabetes, you’re also actively promoting your quality of life. The best news is that you’ll gain this quality of life gains without any adverse side effects.

A 2010 study that measured the effects of three, twenty-minute sauna sessions, over three months, found statistically significant outcomes on physical and general health, with the study concluding that "Uptake of infrared saunas use is greater than the uptake of other lifestyle interventions". 

Both of these studies found positive effects of infrared sauna and traditional sauna bathing in obese and type II diabetes patients, that not only supported general health but also were simple and easy enough to use for prolonged periods of time, making the positive lifestyle changes stick.

Apart from being easy and supporting general health, such as weight loss and heart health, infrared saunas also have an effect on factors of diabetes such as glucose levels and insulin sensitivity.

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes or Diabetes Mellitus (DM), is a health condition in which the basic metabolic processes of the body are impaired.

All diabetes is not homogenous, different types of diabetes exist Two types of diabetes distinguished by modern science are diabetes type one and two. 

The main issue in DM is that the body loses control over properly metabolising glucose. As a result, people with DM end up with chronically high blood sugar levels. The cause of these higher blood sugar levels differs from person to person, which is why different categorisations of diabetes exist.

Type 1 Diabetes

If you’ve got diabetes type one, your pancreas doesn’t produce sufficient insulin. That insulin is necessary for your cells to take up glucose. Hence, different carbohydrates that are broken down into glucose, and glucose created from other sources, end up in your bloodstream because your cells no longer take them up.

Type 11 Diabetes

With diabetes type two, the problem is different. 

In this case, your body does produce adequate insulin but your cells no longer respond adequately to that insulin. The end result is the same - you’ll have high blood glucose levels - but the biological origin of the problem is different.

Gestational Diabetes

Then, there is a temporary diabetes problem that might result during pregnancy, called gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes can happen even if you’ve got no previous history with the other diabetes types.

Diabetes is not benign as it’s interrelated with tons of health complications.

Your risk for neurological problems, organ failure, and poor blood flow significantly increases. 

As a result, you’ll have an increased risk for heart disease, problems with eyesight and extremities, due to poor nervous system functioning, kidney problems, poor brain function, and even increased stroke risk. 

Diabetes is also very costly and further lowers your overall quality of life.

Poor diet and sleep, lack of exercise, stress, aging, exposure to toxins, and being overweight or obese, are all risk factors for getting diabetes. 

Prevention of diabetes, is, interrelated with the aforementioned causes.

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Far Infrared Saunas For Lowering Glucose Levels

Heating up your body triggers heat shock proteins to get activated.

Heat shock proteins can be triggered by more frequent and longer exposure to the elements, such as cold, heat, and the effects of ultraviolet light from the sun.

As a result of activating your heat shock proteins, blood glucose levels go down and you’ll lose body fat. Carrying excess body fat is one of the main risk factors for diabetes type two.

Sauna sessions have a similar effect on your cells’ ability to take up blood glucose, similar to exercise. Different types of heat therapy can be used for this purpose, such as hot baths (hydrotherapy), steam rooms, and infrared saunas.

Diabetes can be lifestyle-induced, and by a poor lifestyle of exercise and nutrition, your body can have an excessive inflammatory response that underlies diabetes.

Far infrared saunas can lower your risk of diabetes by supporting your body's ability to take up blood glucose, as exercise would, but without the physical struggle of doing exercise and thus being more accessible to people who have trouble exercising as shown in the earlier studies.

Infrared Saunas For Insulin Sensitivity

Spending time in a sauna also improves insulin sensitivity. Improving insulin sensitivity means that glucose located in your bloodstream is better taken up by your cells, thereby countering one of the main problems in diabetes type two.

Benefits also exist for people with diabetes type one. If you’ve got diabetes type one, you’ll frequently need to inject insulin to allow your cells to take up the glucose in your bloodstream. A 1980 study found that two sauna sessions of 25 minutes, the insulin absorption increased by 110%.

In turn, people with type one diabetes could lower their insulin dose and still retain the full health benefits.

One concern can occur in the case of an infrared sauna and type 1 diabetes, where spending time in a sauna can lower your blood glucose levels too much and too quickly. It's important to discuss your insulin dosing protocol with your physician beforehand.

While it's easy to rely on regular sauna sessions for assisting in some of the symptoms, and underlying causes of diabetes, it’s not the cure or sole solution. 

It is, however, an easy and sustainable way to help manage risk factors that are included with diabetes, and can provide an individual with an improved quality of life experience.

If you're interested in an infrared sauna cabin for home, click here to view our range of full-spectrum saunas, far-infrared saunas, and outdoor saunas.

Clearlight would like to remind users that this should not be taken as direct medical advice, and you should always consult a licensed health practitioner before making any significant changes to your lifestyle or existing pain treatment regimen.

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