Visiting the sauna regularly can reduce the risk of dementia, according to a recent study by the University of Eastern Finland.
The effects of sauna bathing on the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia were studied in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD), involving more than 2,000 middle-aged men living in the eastern part of Finland.
Taking sauna bath once a day can help you to reduce dementia. It is not actually a type of disease, but it’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
“Currently the best evidence to reduce the risk of dementia is to exercise regularly, eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid smoking.”
In a 20-year follow-up study involving 2,000 middle-aged men, the researchers found that men taking a sauna four to seven times a week were 66 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those taking a sauna once a week.
According to a research, the sense of well-being and relaxation experienced during sauna bathing can help reduce risk of dementia. According to dementia charities, saunas might work by reducing blood pressure and improving circulation.
According to Professor Jari Laukkanen, the study leader, sauna bathing may also protect both the heart and memory, but the exact mechanisms behind this protection are unknown.
The team now believes further studies are needed to look further into the association between sauna bathing and memory diseases.
The results can be found published online in the journal Age and Ageing.