Dr. Phillip Hooper, an endocrinologist from Loveland, CO, has been studying the effect of hot tub therapy on diabetic patients. His research results "suggest that hot tub therapy should be further evaluated as a therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. It may be especially helpful for patients who are unable to exercise. The benefits could result from increased blood flow to skeletal muscles."
According to Dr. Hooper's study, participants who soaked in a hot tub regularly experienced better blood sugar control - some after just a few days of soaking. In addition, patients' weight decreased, sleep improved, and the general feeling of well-being increased
If you'd like to read more about the effects of hot water therapy for arthritis, diabetes, lower back pain and other ailments, you may want to read the article published by Dr. Phillip Hooper.