Sweat it out
Finally, one pleasurable if sweaty habit might pay off.
In a 2016 research paper, Tanjanina Laukkanen of the Institute of Public Health and Nutrition at the University of Eastern Finland reported that sauna use is inversely associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. In a study of 2,315 men, the study found that the more saunas taken per week, the lower the risk.
“I think the important explanation is that there are quite similar risk factors for memory diseases and cardiac diseases,” says Laukkanen. “It’s been shown that sauna use may decrease blood pressure and have a positive effect on vascular functions.”
Of course, saunas are a national pastime in Finland, so there may be other factors at play. And Laukkanen cautions that people with heart disease or low blood pressure should avoid saunas.
But it’s good to know that such an enjoyable pursuit might be another step to add to your lifestyle changes that help in reducing your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease.