As scientists reveal that regular intercourse may significantly reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer, here are five other health benefits associated with an active sex life
Researchers at the University of Montreal have published the results of a study which suggests that men who had slept with more than 20 women lowered their risk of developing prostate cancer by almost a third, and were 19 per cent less likely to develop the most aggressive form of the disease.
The study looked at more than 3,200 men over a four year period and found that men who had more sexual intercourse were less likely to develop prostate cancer.
Men who had more sexual partners were more likely to have more sex than those in monogamous relationships.
This is only the latest in a long line of academic studies which claim to have found a link between an active sex life and better general health.
Here are 5 other surprising health benefits of having more sex.
1. It could make you look younger
In 2013, Dr David Weeks, former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, told a British Psychological Society conference that his research showed that men and women who have an active sex life look between five and seven years younger than their actual age.
“Sexual satisfaction is a major contributor to quality of life, ranking at least as high as spiritual or religious commitment,” Dr Weeks said.
2. It could prevent you having a heart attack
In 2010 scientists at the New England Research Institute in Massachusetts published the results of a 16-year study, the Massachusetts Male Ageing Study, which analysed over 1000 men. The study found that men who had sex at least twice a week were up to 45 per cent less likely to develop life-threatening heart conditions than men who have sex less than once a month. Researchers said the benefits of sex could be due to both the physical and emotional effects on the body.
3. It could boost your immune system
Researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, found that people who have sex once or twice a week receive a boost to their immune system which could help ward off colds and flu. In the 1999 study, scientists measured levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA), an antigen found in saliva, and found a 30pc increase in IgA levels in those who had regular sex. However, Clifford Lowell, an immunologist at the University of California, warned that: “Sexually active people may be exposed to many more infectious agents than sexually non-active people.”
4. It could improve your brain function
In March 2013 scientists at the University of Pavia, Italy published the results of research which suggested that people who have regular sex, especially those in new relationships, displayed an increase in cranial nerve growth, crucial to mental alertness. The findings were supported by a separate study of male rats by scientists at Princeton University. Researchers divided the rats into two groups – one of which had its sexual activity severely limited – and found that the rats which mated more often displayed increased nerve growth.
5. It could make you less stressed at work
In 2006 researchers at the University of Paisley, Scotland, found that individuals who had more sex were better at dealing with stress. The study examined 22 men and 24 women over a two week period and found that those who had regular sex exhibited less of an increase in blood pressure when placed in stressful situations such as public speaking.
By Telegraph Men
2:45PM GMT 28 Oct 2014
Posted by Damian @8WDee.com.