Here’s a hot health tip: Taking frequent saunas can prevent heart disease, a new study claims.
Men who sweat it out at least four times a week are nearly half as likely to develop high blood pressure, according to research published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Hypertension.
University of Eastern Finland researchers examined 1,621 middle-aged men with early signs of the condition — which can lead to heart disease and stroke — over an average of 22 years, according to the report.
They found the risk of high blood pressure plunged 46 percent in guys who hit the hot box four to seven times a week and 24 percent in men who took two to three saunas a week.
Body temperature spikes up to 35 degrees during a sauna, and that jump strengthens blood vessels and removes fluid from the body — both of which decrease blood pressure, according to the research, which was first published in June.
Saunas also burn through stress by relaxing the mind and body, which may also lower blood pressure, researchers said.
Overall, researchers also found that 15.5 percent of the men developed clinically high blood pressure over the course of the study.