Is Sex in later years Good for Your Health?

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"These findings challenge the widely held assumption that sex brings uniform health benefits to everyone," said Hui Liu, Michigan State University sociologist. Credit: Michigan State University

People who have sex have higher levels of what defends your body against germs, viruses, and other intruders. It brings some uniform health benefits to everyone. But according to the new study, older men who repeatedly had sex could have the higher risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. And, for women having safe sex could decrease the possibility of hypertension.

This study was conducted by Michigan State University scholar to test how sex affects the heart health. Scientists tested 2,204 people under the age of 57 to 85 in National social life, health and ageing project.

According to this study, older man experiences cardiovascular diseases five years later, who are sexually inactive. Additionally, older men who found sex with their partner extremely pleasurable or satisfying had a higher risk of cardiovascular events than men who did not feel so.

In a case of women, who had extremely pleasurable and satisfying sex had the lower risk of hypertension five years later than female participants who did not feel so. Additionally, the female sexual hormone released during orgasm also advances women’s health.

Hui Liu, the MSU associate professor of sociology, said, “the findings suggest the strain and demands from a sexual relationship may be more relevant for men as they get older, become increasingly frail and suffer more sexual problems. It’s because older men have more difficulties reaching orgasm for medical or emotional reasons than do their younger counterparts. They may exert themselves to a greater degree of exhaustion and create more stress on their cardiovascular system to achieve climax.”

Medication and testosterone levels could improve sexual function. However, scientific proof is like: such sexual medication or supplements have negative effects on older men’s cardiovascular health.

Moderate amount of sex advances health among people. But having sex repeatedly and enjoyable can cause risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Whereas, this danger not found among older women. For women, good sexual quality may protect older women from cardiovascular risk even five years later.

The best bet for a happier, healthier, and a longer life having a responsive partner. Having active partners who would be available to protect and comfort us should things go wrong is the most efficient way for us humans to reduce anxiety, tension, and arousal.

Liu said, “This may be more relevant to women than to men. Men in all relationships, regardless of quality, are more likely to receive support from their partner than are women. However, only women in healthy relationships may get such benefits from their spouse.”

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