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Can a hot bath improve your health?

Scientists at Loughborough University have set out to uncover the health benefits of a hot bath.

Dr Steve Faulkner and colleagues in the Loughborough-Leicester Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) believe a hot bath may hold the key to weight loss and glucose control, lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.

An initial pilot study has provided some promising results and researchers are now calling on local residents to help put the theory to the test.

The research team is looking for healthy, non-smoking males aged 18 to 45 with a BMI of 18-35 to take part in the study. Participants will need to visit the University for testing on eight occasions. Some of the visits will include varying intensities of physical activity. 

All participants will receive a comprehensive health check.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Dr Steve Faulkner on or call Alison Stanley on 01509 226445

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Press release reference number: PR 16/54

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named the best in the country for its student experience in the 2016 THE Student Experience Survey. It was also named University of the Year in the In the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015 and Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


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