When my grandmother passed away it was discovered she had actually died from congestive heart failure. This disease is one of the many dangerous results of unchecked diabetes. Realizing that diabetes can be somewhat genetic I have recently looked into whether or not the consistent use of a Far Infrared sauna would help reduce the pain, discomfort and many other side effects diabetes can cause. The good news? The answer is yes, Far Infrared sauna therapy definitely improves the quality of life of those suffering from diabetes. It also allows diabetics to favorably respond to the warm and gentle, comfortable and therapeutic healing Far Infrared sauna therapy provides.
Diabetes is a debilitating disease which affects close to three million people worldwide. It has reached epidemic proportions. Many believe this is due to the fact that we now have an abundance of food, a great deal of which is high in calories but low in nutrition. Combine this with a decrease in the amount of physical activity most of us get and you have the perfect storm for an epidemic of diabetes. The growing field of complementary health reveals that people are looking for ways to improve their health without the use of pharmaceuticals. One such device, around for over two decades, is the Far Infrared sauna. There is evidence to suggest that Far Infrared sauna use improves the quality of life for people with many diseases including diabetes and with chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and even depression. There is also fair evidence to support the role of Far Infrared saunas in treating congestive heart failure; sometimes the result of diabetes.
The National Institutes of Health state that diabetes is one of the leading and major risk factors for both heart attacks and strokes. Though it is considered to be a manageable illness over time it can cause debilitating damage to the body. Diabetes and it’s resulting high blood glucose wreaks havoc on the human system and can lead to heart issues, such as congestive heart failure, blindness, bad circulation, amputation and kidney problems. However, hope is on the horizon in the form of Infrared Sauna Therapy.
Over the past few years there have been many studies conducted on the benefits of Far Infrared sauna therapy. Two studies from 2010 site some findings for those suffering from diabetes. In April of 2010, Japanese researchers studied the effects of Far Infrared sauna therapy on patients suffering with type II diabetes. The results published in Acta Medica Okayama, were encouraging. They discovered that a bedridden patient with type II diabetes mellitus, given fifteen minute Far Infrared treatments over a two week period, realized less oxidative stress and the levels of oxidative stress were significantly decreased. In June of the same year another published study found that Far Infrared saunas aid in a diabetics management of several of their chronic symptoms. Dr. Richard Beever stated, in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, that after using an infrared sauna, three times a week for at least twenty minutes, over a three month period, it decreased symptoms such as fatigue, blood pressure, weight gain, cholesterol and sugar levels. It also measurably improved a diabetics quality of life as seen in reduced stress, greater relaxation and general well being by decreasing chronic pain, depression and fatigue.
I’m sorry to say my grandmother died before I even knew about the preventative and healing qualities of Far Infrared sauna therapy. It is heartening that so many others have been able to utilize all the many benefits warm, gentle and healing Far Infrared has to offer. The results from all the many tests and research projects add hope and relief for those suffering from diabetes. Far Infrared sauna therapy does allow for significant changes to their quality of life, reduces stress, aids in relief from fatigue while also assisting in overall better general health and improvement in social functioning. Along with monitoring glucose levels add in Far Infrared sauna therapy to your daily routine. It truly is an attractive and complimentary option in the treatment and management of diabetes.