Diabetes is a growing challenge in India. As per the World Health Organization approximately 98 million people in India may have type 2 diabetes by 2030.
But what is type 2 diabetes?
Diabetes is of 2 types: Type 1 and Type 2.
- Type 1 is where the body does not produce enough insulin, so you have to inject yourself with it and
- Type 2 is where there is insulin production but is not being used up well by the body. This type can be controlled by following a special diet and exercise program and in some cases supported with medication.
What is hydrotherapy?
It is the use of water at varying temperatures, for health purposes. It includes treatments such as saunas, steam baths, foot baths, hot and cold showers, and water therapy.
Hydrotherapy or water therapy has been found to help people with Type 2 diabetes. It has been found that water therapy can help reduce blood sugar levels, improve your sleep pattern and increase your sense of well being. Soaking yourself in a warm tub for 30 mins can help muscles relax, increase circulation and reduce blood pressure.
It also help relieve pain as it it gives the body buoyancy that does not or would not otherwise occur.
Soaking in water helps all areas of your body and stimulates the release of chemicals and hormones in your body, which can help you feel better.
Some other steps type 2 diabetics can take to manage their condition are:
- Avoid starchy foods
- Use less oil during food preps
- Enjoy low-fat diets
- Avoid junk foods
- Avoid excessive amounts of sweets
- Avoid alcohol
- Limit coffee intake
- Avoid stress
The benefits of this therapy don’t confine to type 2 diabetics but type 1 as well. Type 1 diabetics often complaint about limited motion and joint stiffness which can be alleviated by hydrotherapy.