Tip #29 Have Healthy Sex!
Sex and Your Heart
Source: Pritikin Longevity Center
Does sexual activity reduce heart disease? Studies say yes. In one 10-year study, men who had sex two or more times per week experienced half as many heart attacks as did those who had sex less than once per month. In another study, college students who engaged in sexual activity once or twice per week had higher immunity to infection than those who abstained.
Excerpted from the book The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life by Robert A. Vogel, M.D., and The Pritikin Organization, LLC (Simon & Schuster). Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
“you can’t conclude anything else but that it’s healthy to have sexual activity.”
Dr. Irwin Goldstein
Sex and reduced cancer risk
Is Sex Really That Important?
As more and more research is done on the subject, it’s becoming clearer that having healthy sex is essential to a healthy life—and that sex can even help you to live longer. According to Dr. Irwin Goldstein, Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, if you read the latest research, “you can’t conclude anything else but that it’s healthy to have sexual activity.”
The research being done pinpoints a few very specific—and oftentimes surprising—health benefits that result from a healthy and active sex life.
Sex Reduces Risk for Prostate Cancer
In 2003, Australian researchers published a study showing that the more often men ejaculate between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely they are to develop prostate cancer. According to the author of the study, men in their 20s should probably be ejaculating once a day. A similar study performed a year later by the National Cancer Institute showed that men who ejaculated at least five times a week, whether through sex or masturbation, were less likely to get prostate cancer. “The claim physiologically,” Goldstein told us, “is that if you empty out the tank every so often, it’s healthier than holding onto the material within the tank.”
Sex Reduces Risk for Breast Cancer
Women can get in on this sex-as-preventive-care thing too. According to Goldstein, studies show that “women who have vaginal intercourse often have less risk of breast cancer than those who do not.” Goldstein added that it’s “pretty interesting and exciting and needs to be studied more.”
Prof Goldstein is Director of Sexual Medicine at Alvarado Hospital, Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCSD, Director of San Diego Sexual Medicine, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
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