Wednesday 13 December 2017

Men who use saunas 'at lower risk of pneumonia'

The findings, published in the ‘European Journal of Epidemiology’, are the latest in a series of studies showing saunas can bolster health.
The findings, published in the ‘European Journal of Epidemiology’, are the latest in a series of studies showing saunas can bolster health.

Henry Bodkin

Sweating in a sauna twice a week could slash the risk of potentially deadly infections like pneumonia, research shows.

Men who enjoyed sauna sessions on a regular basis were almost 30pc less likely to develop the life-threatening illness.

The findings, published in the 'European Journal of Epidemiology', are the latest in a series of studies showing saunas can bolster health.

Another study found they could lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease. Last year, scientists found regular sessions in a sauna bath could even lower the chances of dementia.

Researchers from Bristol University and the University of Eastern Finland studied 1,935 men aged from 42 to 61, and tracked their health.

They recorded how often each man used a sauna and how many were admitted to hospital over the next 25 years for severe asthma attacks, pneumonia caused by chest infections and complications caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder.

Irish Independent

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