Sauna study shows reduce risk of stroke; could hot tubs be next?
May 18, 2018 – There has been a lot of great news lately coming out of Finland resulting from a lengthy study completed regarding regular sauna use reducing the risk of stroke. I previously wrote a bit about the benefits of sauna use related to the heart in a previous blog. The latest study determined that people who took a sauna 4-7 times per week reduced their potential risk of a stroke by a staggering 62%.
As I took another look at some of the recent reporting I’ve found, more detail has emerged regarding some of the reasons around why sauna use has such a positive effect. Dr. Jari Laukkanen, who is a professor of medicine at the University of Eastern Finland, posits a theory about why saunas have such encouraging cardiovascular benefits. It appears that when sitting in a sauna with temperatures rising, every single degree increase helps your body limit inflammation in your veins. That, in turn, helps reduce arterial stiffness.
One of the final statements Dr. Laukkanen made in the article for me was the most exciting. He felt that, because of the positive effect of heat related to vein inflammation and arterial stiffness, there could be a possibility that regular hot tub use could produce similar results!
Our history with hot tubbing here at Olympic and sharing studies on the positive health benefits that result is long. It would be very exciting for the hot tub industry to get behind a study on the ability of hot water and whether it would have a similar benefit regarding stroke risk reduction.
Even so, I’m heartened by yet another revelation that regular hot tub and sauna use have such great health and wellness benefits. It makes selling Hot Spring Spas & Finnleo Saunas to folks every single day feel that much better!
Author: Don Riling
Don Riling is the President of Olympic Hot Tub and has been an active member of the hot tub industry for over 20 years. As the company’s owner since 2016, he has continued Olympic’s legacy of promoting health & wellness through hot water & sauna therapy.