The blood pressure brings many people to the head and the hypertension it’s already a health problem a world level It affects 1.280 million adults, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Spain is in the tail of Europe Regarding patients with this silent disease, main risk factor for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases: 14 million adults suffer from it. In other words, 42.6% of the population over the age of 18 is hypertensive, according to the “Di@bet.es” study by the Spanish Heart Foundation (FEC). There isn’t one cause concrete for this disease, but there are different guidelines for having it under controllike the drug and a low sodium diet. Now Japanese scientists say there is a completely natural method to combat the prevalence of this condition: thermal baths.
The researchers of the Beppu Hospital of the Kyushu University have linked bathing in hot springs over 40 degrees temperature, which in Japan is called ‘onsen’, with a decrease in blood pressure. Specifically, they found evidence that this type of bathroom, in particular do the nightabsorb the lowest cases of hypertension in people over 65.
Human history with hot springs goes back to the ancient egypt, more than 5000 years ago. There are even references to ‘onsen’ in Japan’s oldest books and in creation myths, these scientists recall. Moreover, people promoted the health benefits dive into this type of water until well into the modern era.
“I wanted to know if the onsen baths in the long term, they have a certain preventive effect on hypertension. Previous research has shown that the traditional spa therapy and hot spring baths are effective against various diseases, including hypertension,” says Satoshi Yamasaki, professor of internal medicine at Beppu Hospital and first author of the study. Moreover, he points out that the high pressure It is “the leading cause of hospital visits in Japan and long-term drug use”.
Study carried out with data from 11,000 people
The research has been collecting information since 2011 on the medical backgroundThe habits of hot springs and even what kind of ‘onsen’ they frequent more than 11,000 people, almost a third of the inhabitants of Beppu aged over 65. It should be noted that in Japan there are more than 27,000 health springs, of which 3085 are hot springs.
From the dataset, Yamasaki’s team was able to conclude that 4,001 people currently have high blood pressure or a history of the disease. He also corroborated that high blood pressure also increases the likelihood that the individual has other pathologies, such as drop, arrhythmiasnail kidney disease Yes Diabetes.
“He watched the onsen habits of an individual when we find something interesting. Then we found that people who bathed in hot springs after 7 p.m. had about 15% less likely to have high blood pressure”details Yamasaki in the study published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’, edited by ‘Nature’, on November 14.
Less stress and better sleep
The team hypothesizes two main reasons for these results: less stress and an fall asleep faster. In this sense, the scientist points out that previous research has shown that faster sleep can improve its quality and improve the control of hypertension. In addition, it has been shown that thermal therapies, such as sauna bathsrelease tension and help to relaxthus decreasing the levels of macadores by blood stresswhich also leads to best blood pressure relief.