A recent study conducted on a large number of Finnish men indicates that sauna bathing is associated with a lower risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease. This is one of the first studies focusing on the link between repeated and regular heat exposure and the risk of age-related memory diseases. This population-based study was conducted in Finland, monitoring 2,315 apparently healthy men aged 42-60 years.
– The comparison was made between men with the habit of 1 sauna session per week, and men who bathe 2-3 times a week, the researchers write on www.pubmed.com.
After having adjusted for other factors such as age, alcohol consumption and diabetes, the results still remained: the men who spent time in the sauna more often were less at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The researchers conclude that a link seems to exist, although further studies are needed in order to explore this association more closely.