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Saunas and hot baths improve insulin sensitivity and boost nitric oxide

 
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Saunas and hot baths improve insulin sensitivity and boost nitric oxide
Regular thermal therapy may promote insulin sensitivity while boosting expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase--effects comparable to those of exercise training.

Regular thermal therapy, using saunas or hot baths, has the potential to improve impaired insulin sensitivity and boost endothelial expression of the "constitutive" isoform of nitric oxide synthase--effects, analogous to those of aerobic training that should promote vascular health. Previous clinical reports suggest that hot tubs may be beneficial for diabetic control, and that sauna therapy can decrease blood pressure in essential hypertension and provide symptomatic benefit in congestive heart failure. For those who lack ready access to a sauna or communal hot tub, regular hot baths at home may suffice as practical thermal therapy. Thermal therapy might be viewed as an alternative to exercise training in patients too physically impaired for significant aerobic activity.
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Significant decrease in vital capacity (VC) with bath temperature was observed (i.e., VC at 40°C >34°C >25°C).

In patient with chronic heart failure (CHF), thermal vasodilatation following warm-water bathing and low-temperature sauna bathing (LTSB) at 60°C for 15 min improves cardiac function;[5] repeated sauna-therapy (ST) increased left ventricular ejection fraction; increased 6-min walk distance in association with improvement in flow-mediated dilation and increase in number of circulating CD34 (+) cells; reduced plasma levels of norepinephrine and brain natriuretic peptide.

After ST reduced level of total and low density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol concentration, while increased level of high density lipoprotein (HDL)-cholesterol was observed. These changes are good prognoses for the prevention of ischemic heart disease.[7] ST increases endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity and improves cardiac function in heart failure and improve peripheral blood flow in ischemic limbs.
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A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that sauna use may provide health benefits, decrease cardiovascular disease risk, and even help you live longer. Researchers tracked sauna use over 20 years for about 2,300 Finnish men (ages 42 to 60) and found that, even after accounting for other factors, heart attack deaths and other cardiovascular-related fatalities were almost twice as common in men who used saunas once a week, compared to those who used them at least four times weekly, the AP notes. For death from any cause, risk fell from 49% for the least-frequent users to 31% for those who went the most.

Time spent in the sauna also affected results: Heart-related deaths weren't as prevalent in men who hung out in the sauna for more than 19 minutes compared to shorter sessions of less than 11 minutes. So what's the secret? The study's lead researcher points to the high heat and humidity as possibly causing positive cardiovascular effects.
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Re: Saunas and hot baths improve insulin sensitivity and boost nitric oxide
A friend of mine and I were talking about how you used to see people taking baths in movies and the only thing you associate with baths or showers in movies now is someone getting killed or a suicide, not a nice relaxing time.

Baths are extremely good for you. They do all kinds of amazing things. Maybe the New World Order Jews that run things don't want the public knowing that. That goes pretty deep, but it wouldn't surprise me if there was an effort to turn people off to baths. Also, there is this idea that it is "gay" for a guy to take a bath. Think about that.

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