Is a hot bath better than cycling? According to a study, a hot bath is better than cycling at lowering blood sugar if you have type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Steve Faulkner of Loughborough University was exploring alternatives to physical activity which could help people manage the condition.
HOT BATH REDUCES BLOOD SUGAR
In fact, he found that soaking in the tub reduces blood sugar by 10 percent.
Dr. Faulkner found the participants who bathed had, on average, 10 percent lower peak glucose levels compared to exercising.
After a meal, your blood sugar goes up. This is one of the risk markers for developing type 2 diabetes. Keeping blood sugar down is good for your health.
The logical thought is that the bath encourages heat shock proteins to release. This, in turn, lowers blood sugar levels.
However, the findings were quite interesting. Yet you should always increase physical activity and exercise to maintain good health.
TEN UNFIT MALES
The test involved 10 unfit males. Wearing a continuous glucose monitor the men all bathed at 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees centigrade) to record changes.
These same men also cycled on a different day than there bathing. At an intensity that increased their body temperature equal to what happened during bathing.
Nowhere near the increase resulting from exercise. The bath resulted in an 80 percent increase in energy expenditure. This allowed bathers to burn 126 calories per hour. The equivalent of a 25-30 minute walk.
After all, is a hot bath better than cycling? If you ask me, absolutely a hot bath is better. I haven’t cycled in years.
As shown above, these findings may help with weight and improve the control of blood sugar. This could help people with type 2 diabetes.