Study: Frequent sauna bathing may prevent dementia in men

Posted at 5:32 PM, Dec 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 17:32:51-05

This 20-year study out of Finland showed the more frequently you used a sauna, the lower your risk of dementia. 

Researchers followed over 2,000 men and found those taking a sauna between 4-7 times a week had a 66 percent lower risk of developing dementia. They also had a 65 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease when compared to the men sauna bathing only once a week.

More research is needed but we know heart health is connected to brain health. Past research has shown using the sauna helps reduce a man’s risk of sudden cardiac death as well as death due to coronary artery disease. Saunas also provide relaxation and a sense of well-being and these could also play a role.

Partha’s RX
1. If you’d like to try saunas, start slowly.
If you have health conditions, ask your doctor's advice before you begin.

2. Spend only 15–20 minutes in the dry heat
If you feel sick or ill, leave immediately.

3. Be sure to cool down afterwards
Drink between two and four glasses of water once you’re out of the heat.

4. Avoid medications and alcohol.
These can affect sweating and lead to overheating before and after your sauna use.

Please don’t think of the sauna as a substitute for eating healthy or getting frequent exercise. These are very important for leading and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Also, be sure to stay social, keep your mind active with puzzles or games, get enough sleep and reduce chronic stress.