Guess what’s good for men with high blood pressure? Regular sauna use!
November 3, 2017 – A recent study published by the American Journal of Hypertension concluded that regular sauna bathing could very well help combat the development of high blood pressure in men.
The University of Eastern Finland had previously published the results of a study in 2015 surrounding regular sauna use reducing the risk of death in men who had cardiovascular disease or a sudden cardiac event. The study involved men living in Finland between the ages of 42 and 60. Further statistics regarding high blood pressure is now being divulged from this same study.
At the start of the 22-year study length, 16% of the men followed who had normal blood pressure eventually developed high blood pressure—readings of 140/90 or higher. Initially, the group of males all had normal blood pressure, and used a sauna once a week.
After two decades, it was discovered that the more sauna use by men in the group, the lower their risk of developing high blood pressure. Sauna bathing 2-3 times a week resulted in a 24% drop in developing a blood pressure issue; those using a sauna 4-7 times weekly had it drop a whopping 46%!
The key: regular sauna use dilates blood vessels during a session, which helps decrease blood pressure due to easier blood flow. Resting heart beat can climb to 100-150 beats per minute while in a sauna, which is up from the average of 60-100 beats. Saunas also help reduce stress, well known to be a factor in raising the opportunity to develop hypertension.
The study was conducted using traditional steam saunas, which can easily get into the 175-200 degree range.
Always check with your doctor before starting a sauna regimen, especially if you are already having an issue with hypertension. If he or she gives you the green light, regular sauna use could be a key to help your overall health & well-being.
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