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Hot Tubs & Diabetes: Exploring The Safety Considerations

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Hot Tubs & Diabetes: Exploring The Safety Considerations

Indulging in a hot tub session is often regarded as a relaxing experience by many individuals. It provides a soothing retreat for those seeking relief from sore muscles or a means of unwinding after a demanding workout. However, for people with diabetes, a common concern arises: Are hot tubs safe for them?

Understanding Hot Tubs

A hot tub, a spacious container filled with heated water, offers a range of benefits. It can be used for relaxation, injury recovery, or socializing. Unlike bathtubs, hot tubs are designed for multiple occupants and are commonly placed outdoors on patios or in backyards. While the terms “hot tub” and “Jacuzzi” are sometimes used interchangeably, they represent distinct entities. Jacuzzi is a brand name for jetted tubs primarily intended for individuals with arthritis, often found in high-end hotels and spas. Hot tubs, on the other hand, are more affordable, energy-efficient, and widely accessible.

The Increasing Popularity of Hot Tubs

The demand for hot tubs has been steadily rising, as reported by the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance. This surge in popularity can be attributed, at least in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting periods of quarantine.

Hot Tubs and Diabetes: Safety Considerations While most individuals with diabetes can enjoy the benefits of spending time in a hot tub, it is essential to take certain safety factors into account.

Risk of Burns: Hot tub water temperatures typically range from 90°F to 104°F, with the latter being the maximum recommended temperature. It is crucial for people with diabetes, particularly those with neuropathy in their feet, to exercise caution when entering a hot tub or bathtub. Neuropathy can decrease sensitivity to hot temperatures, necessitating a preliminary test of the water’s temperature before immersion. Water temperatures should not exceed 104°F to prevent potential burns.

Risk of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke: Diabetes-related damage to blood vessels and nerves can affect sweat gland function. Impaired sweat gland function may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Heat exhaustion involves heavy sweating, increased pulse, and excessive water and salt loss. Heat stroke, a severe condition, occurs when the body’s temperature rises rapidly, and it is unable to cool down. Heat stroke requires immediate medical attention, as it can result in permanent disability or even death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Risk of Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia): People using insulin to manage their diabetes should be aware that high temperatures can influence insulin absorption rates. Hot water in a hot tub can accelerate insulin absorption, potentially causing blood sugar levels to drop too low. It is essential to monitor blood sugar frequently while in a hot tub and be prepared with appropriate treatment for hypoglycemia if needed. If using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), ensure that the receiver is protected from water damage or contact the manufacturer for guidance.

Risk of a Drop in Blood Pressure: Individuals with diabetes have a higher risk of developing high blood pressure. Beta-blockers are commonly prescribed to manage hypertension. When combined with hot tub use, beta-blockers can cause blood vessels beneath the skin to dilate, leading to a drop in blood pressure. It is advisable to enter and exit the hot tub slowly, allowing the body time to adjust to temperature changes.

Risk of Heart Issues: Regular hot tub usage has been associated with lower blood pressure due to the dilation of blood vessels. However, sudden increases in body temperature can place additional stress on the cardiovascular system, potentially elevating heart rate. Individuals with reduced heart function or underlying coronary artery blockages may face an increased risk of heart attacks. If you have heart disease or heart failure, consult your healthcare provider or cardiologist before using a hot tub. In most cases, as long as the water temperature is not excessively high, the time spent in the hot tub is limited to around five to ten minutes, and proper hydration is maintained, it is generally safe to enjoy a hot tub session.

Risk of Dehydration: Individuals with diabetes are more prone to dehydration due to increased thirst and frequent urination caused by high blood sugar levels. Dehydration can be exacerbated in a hot tub, as the combination of hot water and sweating can further deplete the body’s fluids. Dehydration can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, and fatigue, making it even more dangerous while in a hot tub. To prevent dehydration, it is crucial to drink plenty of fluids before and after using a hot tub. In cases of severe dehydration, immediate medical attention may be required, with intravenous fluids and electrolyte replacement administered in an emergency room.

Additional Considerations: Apart from the aforementioned risks, there are other factors to bear in mind before entering a hot tub.

  1. Bacterial Infections: Hot tubs can potentially harbor bacteria such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which can cause skin rashes. Limiting the time spent in the tub and taking a shower afterward can help minimize the risk.
  2. Legionella Contamination: Steam emitted from hot tub water that is contaminated with Legionella bacteria can lead to Legionnaire’s disease, especially among individuals over the age of 50 with weakened immune systems, smoking habits, or pre-existing lung issues.
  3. Parasitic and Bacterial Infections: Hot tub water that is not properly maintained can contain parasites and bacteria that can cause various illnesses. Ensuring regular cleaning and disinfection of the hot tub, as well as avoiding ingestion of hot tub water, is essential.
  4. Pregnancy: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises against using hot tubs, particularly in the early stages of pregnancy, for extended periods of time due to potential risks of birth defects.
  5. Asthma and Respiratory Conditions: Individuals with asthma or other lung conditions may experience exacerbations triggered by hot tub steam. Additionally, spending time in hot tubs, whirlpools, swimming pools, spas, or saunas increases the risk of developing a condition known as “hot tub lung,” a form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis caused by the lungs reacting to contaminated droplets in the air. Symptoms may include coughing and shortness of breath.

Prioritizing Safety and Consultation

Ultimately, individuals with diabetes should prioritize their safety when considering hot tub usage. Consulting with a healthcare provider, particularly if there are pre-existing health conditions or concerns, can help determine whether hot tub use is suitable. By understanding the potential risks, implementing precautions, and maintaining awareness of one’s body and blood sugar levels, individuals with diabetes can enjoy the benefits of a hot tub experience while minimizing potential adverse effects.

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‘Friends’ Star Matthew Perry Dies From Apparent Drowning in Hot Tub

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The world was left in shock as news of the sudden and tragic passing of Matthew Perry, beloved for his portrayal of Chandler Bing in the iconic TV series “Friends,” broke. Perry, who was 54 years old, was found dead at his Los Angeles residence, leaving many in disbelief.

Authorities responded to his home at around 4 p.m., where Perry was discovered lifeless in a hot tub. Although an investigation is currently underway, anonymous law enforcement sources have refrained from specifying an official cause of death. While no illicit substances were found at the scene, prescription medications were reportedly discovered in Perry’s home, necessitating toxicology assessments.

As of the time of this report, there has been no statement or response from a representative of Matthew Perry. Los Angeles Police Capt. Scot Williams, who heads the Robbery Homicide Division overseeing the investigation, has stated that foul play is not currently suspected. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has postponed its determination of the cause of death, suggesting that it may remain unknown for some time.

Matthew Perry’s untimely passing has sent shockwaves throughout the entertainment world, with Warner Bros. Television Group, the production company behind “Friends,” expressing their profound sorrow. Perry is remembered as an incredibly talented actor who left an enduring impact on the Warner Bros. Television Group family and audiences worldwide.

NBC, the network that aired “Friends” for all ten seasons, joined in the collective mourning, lauding Perry’s impeccable comedic timing and witty humor. They expressed their belief that his legacy would continue to bring joy to countless generations.

On Saturday night, Perry’s body was carefully moved from his Pacific Palisades home into a coroner’s van. Reports suggest that he may have tragically drowned in the hot tub, possibly after experiencing a cardiac arrest. Perry’s assistant reportedly made the emergency call.

The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a possible “water rescue” call at 4:07 p.m. When they arrived, Perry was found unresponsive. Authorities cordoned off the residence and set up a white tent near the hot tub and pool area in Perry’s backyard. Photographs captured Perry’s parents, Suzanne Perry and John Bennett Perry, at the scene, along with Suzanne’s husband, Keith Morrison of “Dateline.”

It is worth noting that accidents related to hot tubs, such as drowning, are more common than many realize. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that over 300 people lose their lives annually in hot tub-related incidents. Children, especially those under 5, make up a significant portion of these tragic events.

While the details surrounding Perry’s passing are still emerging, additional information indicates that he had been active earlier on the day of his death. Sources suggest that he had played pickleball for two hours in the morning and sent his assistant on an errand. Upon the assistant’s return, Perry was found unresponsive, leading to an immediate call to 911.

Perry’s well-documented battle with substance abuse was openly shared in his 2022 memoir. Despite facing numerous challenges, he had a strong desire to support others in their own struggles with addiction, even establishing a sober men’s facility in Southern California.

Law enforcement has not raised suspicions of foul play or unusual circumstances in his passing. However, it may take several weeks for an official cause of death to be determined as investigations continue.

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Hot Tub Repair Man Accused Of Burglary

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During a ski trip in Georgia, a group of friends encountered an unfortunate incident involving a hot tub repairman. After completing the job, the friends invited the repairman in for a beer. However, the following day, the repairman allegedly broke into their apartment and made off with personal items valued at nearly $20,000.

The tenants reported the incident to the Steamboat Springs Police Department on March 16. According to the arrest affidavit, the renters had contacted Vacasa rental regarding a broken hot tub in their rental property. Christopher Svenson, a contractor hired through Vacasa, responded to the request. One of the renters had a conversation with Svenson while he was repairing the hot tub and extended an invitation to join them for a drink.

The next day, the three renters left the premises to go skiing. Upon returning at noon, one of the renters discovered that the door was unlocked. They reported several stolen items, including a Rolex watch worth $18,000, Bose headphones worth $329, a Dell laptop worth $848, Adidas sneakers worth $160, and an $80 laptop case. Additionally, one of the renters reported the theft of an American Express credit card, while another stated that $1,200 in cash was missing from their laptop case.

The renter whose credit card was allegedly stolen received notifications of its usage in multiple locations around Steamboat, starting at 12:10 p.m. on March 16, just ten minutes after one of the renters returned to find the unlocked door.

According to the affidavit, Svenson had only been employed by the rental company for five days, as confirmed by the property manager. The property manager informed the police that Svenson had access to the garage but did not possess keys to enter the residence.

On the morning of March 16 at 9:15 a.m., Svenson reportedly expressed feeling belittled by the tenants to the property manager and promptly quit before leaving the office. However, despite quitting, Svenson was allegedly seen at the rental property by a maintenance staff member at 9:30 a.m., just 15 minutes later.

The police used vehicle registration data and video footage from stores where the stolen credit card was used to identify Svenson as the suspect. Subsequently, Svenson was arrested on Wednesday, April 26, on charges of second-degree burglary, a Class 3 felony, and theft, a Class 5 felony. His bail was set at $25,000.

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Canadian Spa Brands Merge – Hydropool + Sunrise

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Mississauga-based company Hydropool has made a groundbreaking announcement in the Canadian hot tub and swim spa industry by merging with Sunrise Spas. This merger brings together the leadership, intellectual property, and industry experience of both companies, totaling almost a century, to enhance the efficiency of the production process for both manufacturers.

The primary objective of the merger is to strengthen both the Hydropool and Sunrise brands. By working closely together, the companies aim to build a strong future. The merger presents an exciting opportunity for all those involved in either company.

While the two manufacturers join forces, most aspects of their operations will remain unchanged. Retailers can expect to continue receiving the same high level of service and support they have been accustomed to.

Over the next year, there will be a gradual shift in Sunrise’s production and assembly from Grimsby, Ont. to Hydropool’s location in Mississauga. This transition will be carried out at a reasonable pace to minimize any disruption for retailers.

Throughout the merger, the Sunrise brand family will be maintained, with a focus on strengthening both brands without one overshadowing the other. Dealers will maintain their existing relationships with Sunrise Spas’ customer service, sales teams, and senior leadership. Parts will continue to be supplied directly by Sunrise, and the warranty service will also be handled by Sunrise.

The merger is seen as a change that makes sense for both companies, considering the current economic climate. By operating more efficiently and expanding manufacturing capabilities, both Hydropool and Sunrise will be better positioned for the future.

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