December 13


The Effects of Hot Bath on Blood Sugar Levels

By Gabriela

December 13, 2022

We can use the hot tub for more than just pleasure. Usually, people use it to relax after a long stressful day. However, those who love to do this might just do it more often after they become aware of all the benefits it offers.

It’s common knowledge that a long soak can do wonders for sore joints, muscles, and other injuries. But there are actually many other conditions for which a long soak can help treat.

Having type 2 diabetes means that the key to living a healthy, normal life is learning how to manage the condition properly.

These people need to learn all the treatment options which can help them manage their blood glucose levels properly. One treatment that all those with diabetes need to consider is therapy with a hot tub.

Recent Studies on This Topic

PIP, soaking in a hot bath might help with the control of soaking in a hot bath.

According to a Loughborough and Leicester research team taking a hot bath might lower peak blood glucose levels by 10 %. Also, they came to the discovery that the energy expenditure levels might increase by 80 %, burning around 126 calories per 60 minutes.

Dr. Steve Faulkner led the study; he says that they wanted to discover whether there are alternatives to exercising that might help individuals maintain better blood glucose levels.

Faulkner compared 1 hour of cycling with 1 hour of a hot bath, and he found that the 1-hour hot tub actually provides surprising benefits.

The bath might stimulate the release of heat shock protein, which might reduce blood glucose levels simply by improving the sugar uptake which is controlled by insulin.

However, despite these findings, the researchers encourage increased exercise and physical activity as the best way to maintain health.

In addition, according to the results, the bath provided around an 80 % increase in energy expenditure. Also, the hot bath burned around 126 calories in 60 minutes, which is equal to a 25 to 30-minute walk.


To sum up, according to this research passive heating like a hot bath might increase the rate at which individuals burn calories and might lower the blood glucose spikes after meals.

In the long term, these findings might improve blood glucose control and help with weight control.

But, it is crucial to take safety precautions before people use a hot tub. People should consult a doctor in order to make sure that their glucose wouldn’t drop too low or that they wouldn’t get burned.

Generally speaking, the hot tub is an amazing way to add all the benefits of exercise. People can enjoy a hot tub, feel better, relieve stress, and reduce their blood glucose levels. Sounds amazing, right?


  • Gabriela

    Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Diabetes Health Page, Fitness trainer and instructor has dedicated her career to educating and informing people for over 10 years. As one of the most passionate diabetes advocates, Gabi has worked tirelessly to ensure that those people receive the education and support they need to properly manage their diabetes and achieve their health, fitness and weight loss goals.

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