Dementia is a growing problem for Europe's ageing population, but the Finns seem to have found the most Nordic solution to counter the dreadful disease imaginable.
Previously, regular sauna use was also found to significantly lower the risk of cardiac diseases.
According to Acting Professor Jari Laukkanen, who led the study, the positive effects of the sauna can potentially also apply to women, yet the matter has not yet been investigated properly. Laukkanen explained that men were chosen as "guinea pigs" because they generally run a higher risk of developing heart diseases than women.
In 2012, Alzheimer Europe estimated the number of dementia sufferers in Finland at 92,200: 1.71 percent of the total population of 5.4 million and somewhat higher than the EU average of 1.55 percent.