Could saunas be the answer to treating dementia?
Much is still unknown about Alzheimer’s and dementia, but with developments all the time we are starting to see some effective treatments in both the halting and the preventing of the disease.
One recent theory has linked sauna use with lower rates of dementia, using data taken from Finland.
In the U.S, taking a sauna is not something done on a very regular basis for most people, who mostly associate them with a post-gym treatment or part on a spa day.
But in Finland they are a much more common part of people’s routine. They are so commonplace it is normal for most households to have one, and for good reason.
Low levels of stress and other health benefits are cited by the Finns as reasons to take a regular sauna, they have even been referred to as the ‘poor mans pharmacy’ as they appear to help with many different health complaints.
Data from Finland was studied over a 20 year period as part of the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease (KIHD) research. It was found that men who used the sauna 7 times or more per week were 66% less likely to develop dementia.
It is known that certain types of dementia and Alzheimer’s are caused by a restriction of blood flowing to the brain. The reduced blood flow damages cells in the brain, meaning they are unable to function properly.
Some of the dementia drugs available now focus on halting the restriction of the blood vessels, meaning the disease can be stopped in its tracks, but not reversed.
Taking advice fro Finland however could be the key to preventing a large number of dementia and Alzheimer cases every year.
Some of the other benefits of taking regular saunas include lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation and helping to de-stress.