Lost that loving feeling? It can make you sick because scientists claim that lack of sex life can pose a serious health risk
- Men who have had sex for less than 50 years increase the risk of a serious illness by two-thirds
- Women increase their risk of disease by 64 percent, but the risk is not serious
- A & # 39; night of passion & # 39; can burn 85 calories and release feel-good endorphins
It is not uncommon for married couples of a certain age to lose part of their spark in the bedroom.
But people over 50 who have problems in their love life must be aware that this can be bad for their health.
A study of more than 5,700 found men who have less sex beyond the age of 50 see their risk of serious illness increase by more than two-thirds.
Women are 64 percent more likely to get sick if they have sex less often, but there is no clear significant increase in the risk of serious illness.
A survey of more than 5,700 found men who have had sex for less than 50 years sees their risk of serious illness rising by more than two-thirds
Experts say that middle-aged people should remember the health benefits of a night full of passion, which can burn 85 calories and release feel-good endorphins that are thought to boost the immune system.
Men who are less interested in sex are 63 percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer and 41 percent more likely to develop a long-term disease, the study found.
Researchers who looked at people's health for four years after being questioned about their sex lives say that a decrease in sex can also be a warning signal.
If people are too tired to make love, that fatigue can be a red flag for disease, while men suffering from impotence can have vascular problems that put them at risk for heart disease.
Dr. Lee Smith, senior author of the Anglia Ruskin University study, said: "It is important to remember that sex is a form of physical activity, albeit often with moderate intensity, which burns around 3.6 calories per minute. All exercises have health benefits and sex is no different. & # 39;
The study, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, looked at people in England 50 years and older – all participants in the English Longitudinal Study of Aging.
Women are 64 percent more likely to get sick if they have sex less often, but there is no clear significant increase in the risk of serious illnesses
Among men whose libido had remained the same or improved, just over 15 percent developed a long-term illness or disability such as diabetes or arthritis in the next four years.
But that percentage was higher in men who said their sexual urge had decreased, with one in five being diagnosed with a disease that they said had affected, or probably had, for a considerable period of time.
The cancer rate in these men was 6.7 percent, compared to 4.3 percent in those whose libido had not decreased.
Men who said they had less sex than a year ago were 69 percent more likely to have a long-term illness.
Experts cannot say for sure whether a lack of sex leads to illness or that less sex is a sign that someone is already sick before the diagnosis is made.
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