Hot tubs

By MS12953 Latest Reply 2012-05-10 06:00:25 -0500
Started 2012-05-07 19:34:47 -0500

Hello…type 1.5, diagnosed in 2010. We will soon be moving to a new house with a theraputic hot tub. Are these generally considered to be safe for diabetics? I would like to hear about any good or bad experiences you may have had with them. Thank you!

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Nick So Slick
Nick So Slick 2012-05-10 06:00:25 -0500 Report

I had good times and bad times stay in for no more than 10 minutes then get out for 5 then repeat that process because hot tubs can bring your blood glucose down

nzingha 2012-05-09 16:29:20 -0500 Report

i am so glad to see this question posed as i read somewhere that jacuzzis r not good for diabetics and i wanted to use one up to today but decided to check it out first… its a public one so now..its a no no for me but i love these hot tubs… and i love saunas… so i guess i'll have to get my own!

Harlen 2012-05-09 14:38:17 -0500 Report

Never use it by your self and keep it to no more then 15 min at 110 fh
I love the hot hub but I do keep it short on the time .
Best wishes

JSJB 2012-05-09 03:21:53 -0500 Report

Make sure you treat the water. Hot tubs open the pores of the skin allowing bacteria to get into you body. NEVER use a public one especially if you are diabetic. Be careful and have fun and good luck with the new house.

Nick1962 2012-05-08 13:56:30 -0500 Report

Congrats on the new house and tub! Heart disease, respiratory issues, circulation issues are also no-no's for the hot tub. Like Gabby said, just watch your exposure.

GabbyPA 2012-05-07 21:01:30 -0500 Report

Hot tubs are fun, but you have to be careful. The fact that it is your private one helps a lot, but if you have any nerve damage, you have to use caution. You can easily burn your skin if your feeling is not great in your extremities. It is also not recommended that you use one more than 15 minutes at a time.

As for a stress reliever, there is nothing nicer. Be aware and use it wisely and you should have some good times.

MS12953 2012-05-07 21:22:21 -0500 Report

Thanks, Gabby. Do you think maybe I should start with short lengths of time and lower temperatures and see how it goes?

GabbyPA 2012-05-09 07:32:02 -0500 Report

Sure you can start there. I would also have another person with you (it's more fun...and more safe) in case anything goes a little off kilter. I don't expect it will. I have neuropathy in my feet, so I have to test the water tepms with my hands. That way I am making sure I don't scald anything.

If you find your skin is turning red, it is time to exit. So if you keep it at a lower temperature, that can extend your stay in the water.