If you are not able to exercise, hot water treatment can help improve blood sugar levels (glucose), especially in overweight men, a new study suggests.
Physical stress such as exercise can increase the level of inflammatory chemicals (IL-6), which triggers the release of anti-inflammatory substances to combat high levels of unhealthy inflammation, known as chronic low level inflammation.
However, the immersion of hot water may "improve aspects of the inflammatory profile and improve glucose metabolism in inactive, overweight men and may have implications for improving metabolic health in populations that are unable to meet current exercise recommendations," the researchers said, Including Christoph Andreas Leicht of the University of Lupborough in England.
For the study, published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, the team included a group of active, overweight men who participated in both hot water immersion and room temperature (control) experiments separated by at least three days.
At the hot water trial, the volunteers sat sunk to their necks at 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
The team examined men's heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature every 15 minutes in all control and immersion conditions. Blood samples were taken again two hours after each session.
The researchers found that one immersion of hot water immersion causes an increase in IL-6 levels in the blood and increased production of nitric oxide, but did not change the expression of heat shock protein 72 – another protein suggested to be important for health.
However, a two-week treatment period for men in daily baths of hot water showed a decrease in blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as improvement in low-level inflammation at rest.
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