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Effect of Steam Sauna Bath on Fasting Blood Glucose Level in Healthy Adults

Vandana V Shiralkar, Pratap E Jagtap, Gajanan J Belwalkar, Nitin S Nagane, Sushama P Dhonde

Keywords : Diabetes mellitus, Fasting blood glucose level, Hyperthermia, Insulin sensitivity, Steam sauna bath

Citation Information : Shiralkar VV, Jagtap PE, Belwalkar GJ, Nagane NS, Dhonde SP. Effect of Steam Sauna Bath on Fasting Blood Glucose Level in Healthy Adults. Indian J Med Biochem 2018; 22 (1):18-21.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10054-0047

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 00-06-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2018; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

The aim of the study was to know the effects of steam sauna bath on fasting blood glucose levels (FBGLs). A total of 80 subjects, 40 males and 40 females, in the age group of 30 to 50 years were subjected to seven steam baths on alternate days. The temperature of the steam sauna was maintained at 50°C and each bath was taken for 15 minutes. Blood for FBGL was taken before the first steam bath and blood was taken again after seven steam sauna baths and the FBGL was estimated. The FBGLs after seven steam sauna baths were significantly decreased as compared with presteam sauna FBGLs. Steam saunas may help in preventing hyperglycemia and hence diabetes mellitus. It is also beneficial for healthy, asymptomatic subjects.


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