Frequent sauna bathing reduces risk of stroke

4-7 times a week, 61% less likely to suffer a stroke.

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A new collaborative study by the Universities of Eastern Finland, Bristol, Leicester, Atlanta, Cambridge and Innsbruck, suggests that the reduced risk of stroke is associated with sauna bathing. The maximum time the use of sauna, the fewer chances of suffering a stroke than those taking a sauna once a week.

Scientists gather the data from the population-based Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor (KIHD) study. The study involved 1,628 male and female volunteers from the eastern part of Finland and categorized them into 3 groups: 1. Taking a sauna once a week, 2. Taking a sauna 2-3 times a week, and 3. Taking a sauna 4-7 times a week.

Testing their frequency of-of taking traditional Finnish sauna baths, scientists found that people who take saunas more often have the lower risk of stroke.

Contrasted with individuals taking one sauna session for each week, the hazard was diminished by 14% among those with 2-3 sessions and 61% among those with 4-7 sessions. The affiliation persevered even when considering customary stroke chance variables, for example, age, diabetes, weight record, blood lipids, alcohol consumption, physical movement and financial status. The quality of affiliation was comparative in people.

According to the researchers, mechanisms driving the association of sauna bathing with reduced stroke may include a reduction in blood pressure, stimulation of immune system, a positive impact on the autonomic nervous system, and an improved cardiovascular function.

Scientists reported their findings in the journal Neurology.