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Frequent sex can rejuvenate

We have written in the past here in Mais Saude regarding the health benefits of sexual activity, but our attention was grabbed when we read that Dr, David Weeks, a clinical psychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (Scotland), presented a research paper showing that people who more frequent sex looked younger.

Normally we don’t present research here unless it is published in a recognized medical journal, and Dr. Week’s research was only presented at a conference of the British Psychological Society (week of July 8), but his findings are interesting, so we are presenting them for your consideration.

Dr. Weeks’ ten-year study involved interviews of 3,500 European and American men and women, age 20 to 104 (most ranged from 45 to 55 years) regarding how often they had sex, how much they enjoyed it, as well as a number of other lifestyle questions, The subjects were all observed through a one-way mirror by a group of six judges who guessed the age of the individuals, and Dr. Weeks found some statistical associations.

His overall conclusion was that the most important factor that helped a person look younger was a physically active life, and the second most important was a vigorous sex life.

Dr, Weeks states:

The quality of sexual expression maintained in older adults is a predictor of good general health and well-being. In a Welsh heart disease study from 1997, the mortality risk was 50 per cent lower in the group of men with high orgasmic frequency (twice a week or more) than in the group with low frequency. Sexual satisfaction is a major contributor to quality of life, ranking at least as high as spiritual or religious commitment and other morale factors…

His research indicated that sex (could be masturbation) at least three times per week was enough to confer the benefit of a younger appearance; that is, looking 7 to 12 years younger than your chronological age. He also found that sexual activity was most “youth promoting” if it was part of a good, supportive relationship rather than sexual activity with multiple casual sexual partners.

While sexual research is often more subjective than rigorous medical studies which measure, for example, the level of hormones in your blood after exercise, Dr. Week’s conclusions are consistent with previous studies which have suggested many benefits from regular sexual activity including: better looking skin, better immune system, better weight control, more regular menses in women, longer lifespan, decreased stress, better sleep, and greater happiness.

The reason sex seems to be beneficial is likely multi-factorial including: sex burns calories, tones pelvic muscles, releases endorphins and hormones that make us feel and look fresher, and in a reverse logic, people having lots of sex usually take better care of themselves to continue to be attractive.

Some of the most rigorously controlled studies regarding sexual frequency and health have been with men and prostate cancer. A study from Harvard showed that men who ejaculated 21 or more times per month had a 33% lower lifetime risk of prostate cancer compared with those who ejaculated 4 to 7 times per month, and an Australian study showed similar results. The researchers felt the reason could be that frequent ejaculations cleared the prostatic ducts regularly of potentially carcinogenic cells.

Now, after reading this post, you all know what your homework is…enjoy!

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