Although it seems too good to be true, taking a bath can not only help melt away stress and anxiety, but a new study shows that taking a bath at least four times a week can help lower blood pressure, and prevent other Type 2 diabetes risks.
The study was presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The researchers analyzed roughly 1,300 adults with type 2 diabetes to see how hot baths impacted their metabolic health.
The subjects were divided into three categories:
- A group that bathed more than four times per week;
- A group that bathed one to four times per week;
- A group that took less than one bath per week.
Ultimately, those who bathed more showed a decrease in body weight blood pressure, and glycated hemoglobin – all of which can help prevent Type 2 diabetes.
The people who saw the best results all took baths four times a week for an estimated 16 minutes per bath. The study also says that regardless of weight or gender, those who bathed four times a week or more all had the same positive results.
Other health benefits
Bathing has been linked to other health benefits besides lowering blood pressure.
- Improved heart health
- Breathing easier/opening up the sinuses
- Hormonal balance
- Relaxing muscles, joints, and bones
This is not to say that bubble baths will 100% prevent or cure diabetes.
However, baths have been shown to help with mental health and are a fun way to relax. Potentially lowering your risk of Type 2 diabetes just happens to be a nice perk.