Type II Diabetes is a serious condition that can afflict people of all ages. Those with the disorder have a higher risk of developing heart disease, organ and nerve damage, blindness, and many other serious medical conditions. Unfortunately, certain risk factors such as age, race and family history are out of your control, and increase the likelihood that you will develop the disease at some point in your lifetime.1
Although lifestyle and health habit changes can be made, adjusting to life with type II Diabetes can be difficult. Diet, exercise and medication can all help to alleviate symptoms, but relaxation is just as important. When you experience stress or anxiety, your body will increase the level of blood sugar in your body, which can have devastating consequences for those with Diabetes. Many relaxation techniques, such as mindfulness, visualization, deep breathing and mediation are utilized by those with the disease in an effort to counteract the negative effects of stress.
Fortunately, a new treatment modality is on the rise: the infrared sauna. Thermal therapy has been shown to be of immense benefit to those suffering from type II Diabetes, providing an alternative form of treatment to standard relaxation practices. A study completed by the Department of Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia found that the “physical health, general health, and social functioning indices…improved. Visual analogue scales for stress and fatigue improved.”2 in patients who underwent 20-minute sauna sessions three times a week for a period of three months.
The conclusion? Thermal therapy, specifically that of the far-infrared sauna, can improve the overall general health and quality of life of those living with type II Diabetes. The study even found that the uptake of sauna therapy was greater than any other lifestyle intervention!
Do not let your quality of life deteriorate any further. Call one of our friendly customer service associates today at (800) 528-3110 to find out how a JNH Lifestyles sauna can easily be incorporated into your Diabetes treatment plan.
1Diabetes Pictures: Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments. (n.d.). Retrieved September 01, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/ss/slideshow-type-2-diabetes-overview.
2 Beever, R. (2010). The Effects of Repeated Thermal Therapy on Quality of Life in Patients with Type II Diabetes Mellitus. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(6), 677-681. doi:10.1089/acm.2009.0358.
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