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Saunas 4-7 times per week associated with 66% lower risk of dementia
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Men who took saunas 4-7 times per week were 66% less likely to get dementia compared to men who took a sauna once a week according to a Finnish study that followed 2,315 healthy men aged 42-60 years at baseline for an average of 21 years.
This was after adjusting for age, alcohol consumption, body mass index (BMI), systolic blood pressure, smoking status, Type 2 diabetes, previous heart attack, resting heart rate and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.
Data from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease study
The researchers analyzed data is from the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease population-based prospective cohort study of 2,315 healthy men aged 42-60 years at baseline, with baseline examinations conducted between 1984 and 1989.
Other benefits of saunas
Saunas associated with lower risk of death and lower risk of cardiovascular disease
This research group has also reported that frequent sauna use is associated with a lower risk of death.
See these articles:
Laukkanen T, Kunutsor S, Kauhanen J, and Laukkanen JA. Sauna bathing is inversely associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in middle-aged Finnish men. Age Ageing, 2016 Dec 07; Epub ahead of print.
Author’s Contact Info
Jari A. Laukkanen, MD, PhD
Institute of Public Health and Clinical Nutrition
University of Eastern Finland
PO Box 1627
FIN-70211 Kuopio, Finland
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