According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), there is a significant association between sauna bathing and a reduced risk of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality events. The study, which was conducted at the University of Eastern Finland, followed a group of 2,315 men over a period of 20 years. The results of the study showed that men who used saunas 2-3 times per week had a 22% lower risk of fatal cardiovascular disease and a 23% lower risk of all-cause mortality compared to those who used saunas only once per week.
The study also found that the benefits of sauna use were greater for those who used saunas for longer periods of time. Men who used saunas for 15-20 minutes at a time had a 40% lower risk of fatal cardiovascular disease and a 41% lower risk of all-cause mortality compared to those who used saunas for 5-10 minutes at a time.
The authors of the study suggest that the association between sauna use and a reduced risk of mortality events may be due to the effects of sauna use on cardiovascular function, inflammation, and stress. Sauna use has been shown to increase heart rate and improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and reduce stress, all of which can have a positive impact on overall health and well-being.
Overall, the results of this study suggest that sauna use may have significant health benefits, particularly in regards to cardiovascular health and all-cause mortality.
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