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  • Sauna use 4-7 times per week associated with 40% lower risk of death over 20 years

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    Wednesday, July 04, 2018 7:55 am Email this article

    Finnish men who used a sauna 4-7 times per week were 40% less likely to die during an average follow-up of 20.7 years compared to men who used a sauna once a week according to a recent study.

    Cardiovascular Death

    Men who used a sauna 4-7 times per week compared to men who used it once a week were also:

    After Adjusting for Cardiovascular Risk Factors

    This was after adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors including age, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level, smoking, alcohol consumption, previous myocardial infarction, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiorespiratory fitness, resting heart rate, physical activity, and socioeconomic status.

    Sauna Duration: More Than 19 Minutes Best

    Compared to men who used the sauna for less than 11 minutes per session, those who used the sauna for more than 19 minutes per session were:


    “This study provides prospective evidence that sauna bathing is a protective factor against the risk of [sudden cardiac death], fatal [coronary heart disease], fatal [cardiovascular disease], and all-cause mortality events in the general male population,” the authors concluded.

    “Our results suggest that sauna bathing is a recommendable health habit, although further studies are needed to confirm our results in different population settings.”

    Subjects: 2315 Men Followed for 20 Years

    The study involved 2315 middle-aged men (age range, 42-60 years) from Eastern Finland who were part of the Finnish Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study and were followed for an average of 20.7 years.


    Laukkanen T, Khan H, Zaccardi F, and Laukkanen JA. Association between sauna bathing and fatal cardiovascular and all-cause mortality events. JAMA Intern Med, 2015 Apr; 175(4): 542-548.

    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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