Dr. Michael Mosley: Do not let your libido lose … any age you have

Mr. Mosley says there are numerous benefits of having a healthy sex life, whatever your age

Having an active sex life is important for most people. In fact, a recent Canadian study gave him a figure. According to the researchers, the increase in well-being for people who have sex once a week, compared with those who have sex less than once a month, was greater than the increase in well-being for those who earn around £ 60,000 compared to £ 20,000 a year.

In other words, regular sex can make you as happy as a pay raise of £ 40,000.

So, how is desire kept alive, particularly when, as we get older, motivation can decrease?

Mr. Mosley says there are numerous benefits of having a healthy sex life, whatever your age

Mr. Mosley says there are numerous benefits of having a healthy sex life, whatever your age

One of the best ways to ensure a healthy sex life is to have a healthy body. We know that having a good blood supply and healthy nerves is important.

Things like cigarettes or type 2 diabetes will more than double the likelihood of a man becoming impotent, mainly because both smoking and having high blood sugar levels damage the arteries and small nerves that are so important in getting and maintaining an erection. About 40 percent of regular smokers have problems, while up to 70 percent of diabetics report some degree of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Women are also affected, because smoking and diabetes not only cause circulation problems but can also reduce arousal and intimate dryness.


There are numerous benefits to maintaining a healthy sex life, whatever your age. A study that I especially enjoyed was held in Caerphilly, South Wales, almost 20 years ago.

5: 2 recipe of the week: steak with spices of cumin and roasted cauliflower

Servings 2

Preheat the oven to 200C / 180C fan / gas mark 6.

Cut ¼ of large cauliflower into small florets. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground cumin, a pinch of paprika and 1 tablespoon of olive oil with dressing, then mix with cauliflower on a large baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix another 1 teaspoon ground cumin, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon ground coriander, 1 clove of garlic, finely grated, a lot of ground black pepper and a pinch of salt in 1 tablespoon of oil of olive and then brush 2 lean steaks. approx. 80 g each. Marinate for 30 minutes.

Beat 1 tablespoon of tahini, 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt, a couple of drops of lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of water and season to make dressing.

Fry the steaks for 2-3 minutes on each side. Cut finely. To serve, divide the cauliflower between two plates, add the steak, sprinkle over the tahini dressing and sprinkle with seeds of parsley and pomegranate. Serve with rocket with extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt.

High lime: double cauliflower, choose fillets of 100 g.

The researchers asked 918 men between 45 and 60 about their "frequency of orgasm." Ten years later they tracked the men. Those who admitted having less than one orgasm a month were 50% more likely to have died than men who claimed to have an orgasm two or more times a week.

Although it is possible that the reason some of the men were having less sexual intercourse outside because they were in poor health, which in turn would lead to fatal heart attacks, the researchers said they had tried to allow this by doing a proper medical examination at the beginning. .

Another study conducted in the United States, this time with women, followed 252 people for 25 years. He discovered that it's not just about quantity: quality is also important. Also in this study, men who had more frequent sexual intercourse had a longer life.

With women, many sexual relationships did not add years to their lives, but the "good" sex, the sex they enjoyed, they did.


In a recent study, the researchers examined more than 3,500 volunteers who were looking for those who could be classified as "superyoung." As part of the study, a panel of judges sat behind a one-way mirror and tried to guess the ages of the volunteers. People who judged that they were at least seven years younger than their actual age were labeled as "superyoung".

The most striking thing was that the & # 39; superyoung & # 39; he had sex three times a week, much more than his older colleagues.


Research has shown that having regular orgasms can strengthen the immune system. In a study of 112 US university students UU Male and female students found that students who had sex once or twice a week had IgA antibody levels (a measure of their ability to fight infections) that were 30 percent higher than those who abstained.


There have been a number of studies that show that sexual arousal and orgasm can increase the levels of endorphins, natural painkillers produced by the body.

It has been shown that regular sex reduces the pain of arthritis, menstrual pain, back pain and migraine.


Twenty-five years ago I made one of the first documentaries about an amazing blue pill called Viagra. It works by increasing blood flow to the penis and is effective in about 80 percent of men with erectile dysfunction.

It was thought that Viagra would work for women in the same way as for men. Undoubtedly, it increases the blood supply to the female genitals, but that does not seem to increase libido or sexual desire. For women who go through menopause and find painful sex, HRT can help.


I am a great believer in the power of food to improve our health, and that includes sexual health. Many things that cause problems with sexual desire are related to the health of our arteries, so it makes sense to keep those arteries in optimal condition. As with many other of our organs, the sexual organs also benefit from a Mediterranean diet: blue fish, garlic, onion, shallots, leeks and, yes, oysters, all deserve mention to improve blood flow and stimulate sex hormones .

Having an alcoholic drink is a traditional way of getting in the mood and, as a fan of moderate red wine consumption, I was pleased to read a study of 798 Italian women between 18 and 50 years old who found that those who drank one to two glasses of Red wine one day reported a greater "sexual desire … and sexual function in general" than abstemious.


A recent survey found that 84 percent of married women and 91 percent of married men believe that a satisfying sex life is important. Aging or having children can put a brake on sexual desire, but the important thing is to maintain trust and affection.

On the contrary, if you feel that you and your partner separate, then working on the physical side of your relationships may well rekindle the spark.

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