Frequent Sauna Bathing Can Reduce The Risk Of Dementia

Posted: Dec 19 2016, 2:33am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Frequent Sauna Bathing can Reduce the Risk of Dementia
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  • Frequent sauna bathing protects men against dementia
 

University of Eastern Finland did a research on dementia and discovered that sauna bathing can help reduce dementia. The research is based on 20 years follow up on men taking sauna.

The study involved two groups, the one that had sauna 4 to 7 times a week had less chances of dementia i.e. 66 percent than those who had sauna only once a week.  Experts could not discover a link between dementia and sauna bath in the past, it’s just a recent study.

How sauna bathing effects dementia or Alzheimer's disease was also studied in KIHD, Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. The study involved more than 2000 men of middle age who lived in eastern Finland.

There groups were formed based on men’s sauna habits, men who had sauna once a week, men who had sauna 2 to 3 times a week, and those who had sauna 4 to 7 times a week.

Frequent sauna reduced dementia in men from 65 to 66 percent. Risk of the disease reduced in different types of dementia. The Age and Ageing journal published the entire result of research.

In the past KIHD showed reduced risk of sudden cardiac death due to sauna.  Sauna also reduces several other cardiac issues.

Professor Jari Laukkanen was head of the study team; he said that sauna bathing helps protect memory loss and heart issues. Since, heart problems also affect brain, so a reduction in the risk of cardiac arrest also reduces dementia.

This is perhaps because of reduced stress while taking sauna bath. Doctors often suggest sauna bath to relax the mind, and when you are relaxed and stress free, your overall healthy improves. Experts are hopeful to find more facts about sauna and its benefits.

The findings of this study were published recently in the Age and Ageing journal.

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