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Far Infrared and Diabetes

Far Infrared Sauna can improve the Quality of Life of People with Type 2 Diabetes

"We found significant improvements in stress, fatigue, physical health, general health and social functioning."

From the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Diabetes is a debilitating disease which affects 246 million people worldwide. It has reached epidemic proportions. Many believe this is due to the fact that we now have an abundance of food, a lot of which is high in calories but low in nutrition. Combine this with a decrease in the amount of physical activity and you have the perfect storm for an epidemic of diabetes.

The growing field of complementary health reveals that people are looking for ways to improve their helath without the use of pharmaceuticals. One such device is the far-infrared sauna. There is evidence to suggest that far infrared sauna use improves the quality of life of people with chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and depression. There is also fair evidence to support the role of far infrared saunas in treating congestive heart failure.
Many of these studies were conducted by similar research group and the subjects were hospital patients.

The results of the study found that there were significant changes in quality of life. Levels of stress and fatigue improved. General health and social functioning also improved.

The results of the study suggests that far infrared saunas improve the quality of life in people with type II diabetes. The combination of favorable compliance and adherence as well as effectiveness in improving the quality of life makes infrared sauna therapy and attractive complementary option in the treatment of type II diabetes.

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The Relax Far Infrared Sauna

A Testimonial from a Relax Far Infrared Sauna User

 Heavy  Metals toxicity no longer there - Hands and Feet Feel Warmer ... Dec. 2009

“I got a handful of information from Phil at Momentum98 regarding the “Relax Sauna” at a local Body, Mind, and Spirit Expo. I spent the evening reading all the testimonials and facts regarding the unit.  I was highly impressed!  My personal challenges included Heavy Metal Toxicity, Diabetes, and circulatory issues.  I had gained the nickname “Toxic Man” from one of my healers after many decades of chemical exposure from being in the automotive industry.   After reading the material, the “Relax Sauna” seemed to be the answer I was looking for and with many other benefits to boot!

I’ve been using it now on a regular basis for over a year.  My heavy metal levels have been dropping and my last test for mercury came out in a normal range.  Using the Sauna has helped speeding up the wound healing process and improved my circulation as I’ve noticed my hands and feet are warmer in the wintertime.  Plus, getting into the Sauna during the winter months, it just feels so good, like a day at the beach!  What I most enjoy about the “Relax Sauna” is the convenience of having it in the house as opposed to traveling to the local club and I know how clean I keep my sauna!   The “Relax Sauna” has been the BEST investment I’ve made for my health and I look forward to many years of faithful service from it as I improve my health!  I highly recommend it to everyone who is faced with any health challenge!”
Keep it aglow!    -  T.C. , Pennsylvania

Far infrared can help reduce diabetic sores

Far infrared rays have been shown to inhibit bacterial growth. This can help prevent infection.

The sister product to the Relax Far Infrared Sauna is a medical lamp called the Sky Eye. The Sky Eye was succefully used to reduce the size of a diabetic sore from a huge 3" by 4" sore, down to the size of a pencil point.

                          infrared diabetic sore

You can view more about the healing of the diabetic ulcer here

Study finds that far infrared sauna use can lower blood pressure and decrease waist circumference

From the Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Far-infrared saunas are beneficial for the treatment of congestive heart failure, hypertension and obesity. As such, they may have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular (CV) health in those with type 2 diabetes. Our objective is to examine whether or not there are quantitative CV benefits from infrared sauna use.

The intervention consisted of 20-minute, three times a week, infrared sauna sessions, over a period of 3 months. The following  risk factors were measured: weight, height, waist circumference, blood pressure (BPtru), glycated hemoglobin (A1C), fasting blood glucose and cholesterol profile. Baseline study parameters were measured within one week prior to commencing sauna sessions. Post-intervention measurements were collected between 1 and 3 days after the last sauna session.

Systolic blood pressure decreased by 6.4 mm Hg (124±12 vs. 118±15 mm Hg, 95% CI 0.01-12.71 p=0.05), and there was a trend toward decreased waist circumference (115.0±13.4 vs. 112.7±11.9 cm, 95% CI 0.4-5.1 p=0.10). All other measurements did not change significantly. There were no adverse events. Study completion rate was 75%.

Our results suggest that infrared sauna use may be beneficial for lowering blood pressure and waist circumference. Subject adherence to infrared sauna use is greater than adherence to other lifestyle interventions. The combination of favourable compliance/adherence, as well as effectiveness in improving blood pressure and possibly waist circumference, makes infrared sauna therapy an attractive lifestyle option.

Report shows Far Infrared can  reduce oxidative stress in diabetes patients

Oxidative stress can lead to circulation problems. This is one of the factors which cause  the need for amputations in people with diabetes.

From the National Institute of Health

In this study people in the hospital with Type II diabetes were given 15 minute infrared treatments to their legs for 2 weeks. The levels of oxidative factors in their blood were at decreased levels after 2 weeks.

The study concluded that infrared treatments can help protect against oxidative stress.

Another study which you can view here found that oxidative stress leads to complications in people with diabetes.

Yet another study found that far infrared treatments can improve bloodflow to limbs in diabetic mice.

Far infrared improves the blood flow to the skin

From the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology;


A common factor contributing to organ damage in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is impaired tissue blood flow caused by damage to vascular endothelial cells (VECs). Damage can occur even before the clinical diagnosis of diabetes. It can be caused by both a high average blood glucose concentration and/or large daily spikes in blood glucose. While much of the present literature focuses on the damage to VECs and organs from these large glucose excursions, this review will focus on the consequence of this damage, that is, how endothelial cell damage in diabetes affects normal daily activities (e.g., exercise, reaction to typical stimuli)
and various treatment modalities (e.g.. contrast baths and electrical stimulation therapy).

It is important to understand the effects of VEC damage such as poor skin blood flow, compromised thermoregulation, and altered response to skin pressure in designing diabetes technologies as simple as heating pads and as complex as continuous glucose monitors. At the simplest level, people with diabetes have poor circulation to the skin and other organs.

In the skin, even the blood flow response to locally applied pressure, such as during standing, is different than for people who do not have T2DM. Simple weight bearing on the foot can occlude the skin circulation. This makes the skin more susceptible to damage. In addition, endothelial damage has far-reaching effects on the whole body during normal activities of daily living, including an impaired response to local heat, such as hot packs and contrast baths, and higher body temperatures during whole body heating due to impaired blood flow and a reduced ability to sweat. Finally, because of multiple organ damage, people with T2DM have poor balance and gait and impaired exercise performance.


In summary, when developing new technologies where the skin and skin circulation are important for the proper function of new glucose monitoring and injection systems, the effects of impaired VEC function on poor skin blood flow, altered healing, and response to pressure must be taken into consideration. Poor blood flow may impair the accurate measurement of blood glucose as well as reduce absorption of infused insulin. Impaired healing at the injection or monitoring site can reduce the time an indwelling injection port can be left in place even if the newer technologies allow for better technical stability of the sensors.

Watch this to learn more about the Technology in the Relax Far Infrared Sauna

Far Infrared Sauna user with diabetes talk about his experience

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