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Sauna bathing increases longevity

New research shows that regular sauna baths have a strong positive impact on health. Regular sauna bathing can actually reduce the risk of heart attacks with as much as 63%, according to a Finnish study.The study was led by Dr. Jari Laukannen, heart specialist at the Kuopios University of Finland. He concludes that the correlation between sauna bathing and longevity was very strong and that it persisted even when other variables where taken into consideration. His team of researchers monitored a group of 2000 men in the ages 42 to 60, for a period of 20 years. The result was very clear: participants who regularly spent time in the sauna would live longer. The exact mechanisms that explains this are yet to be found and Dr. Jari Laukannen emphasizes that much more research will be needed to completely understand the connection.

–We could see that the effect was stronger the more often a person would spend time in the sauna, and also that the longer time he would spend there, the stronger the effect would be. Those who stayed in the sauna for more than 19 minutes had a 52% lower risk of dying from heart related disease than those who spent less than 11 minutes in the sauna.

The researchers are now hoping that study will bring about more research into the field of temperature and health. Dr. Rita Redberg, heart specialist at the University of California and editor at the magazine who published the Finnish study, JAMA Internal Medicine, is impressed with the results.

– I have always enjoyed the sauna, but I had no idea the health benefits were this big, she says to Reuters.   

It seems investing in a sauna for your bathroom is not only an investment in quality of life, but also an investment that could actually make your life longer.

 

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