Stew­ing in saunas could be good for your brain

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

Turn up the heat and en­joy that sauna, guys. It may help you fend off de­men­tia or Alzheimer’s dis­ease, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a re­cent study.

In a 20-year fol­low-up study from the Univer­sity of East­ern Fin­land, men who fre­quented a sauna four to seven times weekly were 66% less likely to de­velop de­men­tia and 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s dis­ease than those who spent time in the sauna only once a week.

The Kuo­pio Ischaemic Heart Dis­ease Risk Fac­tor Study tracked more than 2,000 mid­dle-aged men from east­ern Fin­land. Par­tic­i­pants were bro­ken into three cat­e­gories: those who sauna bathed once a week, those who spent time in the sauna two to three times a week and those who went to a sauna four to seven times a week. Fre­quency of sauna bathing had an in­verse re­la­tion­ship with risk of de­men­tia, the study found.

The study’s re­sults pre­vi­ously showed that fre­quent sauna bathing could also re­duce the risk of sud­den car­diac death, as well as over­all mor­tal­ity.

The rea­sons for sauna bathing’s health ben­e­fits are still un­known, ac­cord­ing to Pro­fes­sor Jari Laukka­nen, the study’s leader.

Finns’ affin­ity for saunas could have a side ben­e­fit.

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