FREQUENT SEXUAL ACTIVITY IMPROVES BRAIN FUNCTION IN SENIORS
The benefits of a full and regular sexuality are no longer to be proved. One can see for yourself that sexual activity is essential to well-being and health. But researchers continue to quench their thirst for knowledge about this positive activity of human life.
WHAT IF ONE OF THE SECRETS OF HAPPINESS AND HEALTH WAS SIMPLY TO HAVE AN INTENSE SEXUAL LIFE?
Many previous studies report the benefits of sexuality. For example, in women, sexual pleasure is correlated with greater longevity. The risk of breast cancer is lower among those who frequently have orgasms (more than 14 monthly orgasms), especially after 50 years.
Other studies in men between the ages of 20 and 50 show that ejaculation would decrease the risk of prostate cancer and that 3 sexual intercourse per week would appear to be between 7 and 12 years of age! All this can only stimulate our positive outlook on our sexuality. Moreover, going to bed together can strengthen the bond between couples.
FREQUENT SEXUAL ACTIVITY CAN STIMULATE BRAIN POWER IN THE ELDERLY
More frequent sexual activity has been linked to improved brain function in the elderly, according to a study by the Universities of Coventry and Oxford in England.
The researchers found that people who engaged in more regular sexual activity had a higher score on tests that measured their verbal fluency and their ability to visually perceive objects and spaces between them. The study, which involved 73 people aged 50 to 83 years, was published in June 2017 in the journal The Journals of Gerontology.
Participants completed a questionnaire on the frequency of their sexual activity in the last 12 months, as well as questions about their health and lifestyle in general. The 28 men and 45 women also participated in a test usually used to measure different models of brain function in the elderly, focusing on attention, memory, fluidity, language and visuospatial ability.
This included verbal fluency tests in which participants had 60 seconds to name as many animals as possible and then say as many words as possible beginning with F – standardized tests that reflect higher cognitive abilities.
They also participated in tests to determine their visuospatial capability which included copying a complex design and drawing a clock from memory. It is these two sets of tests where participants who engaged in weekly sexual activity scored the highest score, with the most fluent fluency tests.
The results suggested that the frequency of sexual activity was related to attention, memory or language. In these tests, participants also played, regardless of whether they reported weekly, monthly or absent sexual activity. This study was developed on the basis of previous research conducted since 2016, which revealed that older people who were sexually active obtained more results on cognitive tests than those who were not sexually active.
This time, the research focused on the impact of the frequency of sexual activity. That is, it makes a difference how often you exercise in sexual activity. The study also used a wider range of tests to study different areas of cognitive function.
Academics say that further research might look at how biological elements, such as dopamine and oxytocin, may influence the relationship between sexual activity and brain function in order to provide a more complete explanation of their results.
Finally, the researchers state that “we can only speculate that this is motivated by social or physical elements – but one area that we would like to explore is biological mechanisms that can influence this situation. Whenever we do another research, we get a little closer to why this association exists, what the underlying mechanisms are, and whether there is a causal relationship between sexual activity and cognitive function among the elderly. People do not like to think that the elderly have sex – but we have to challenge this concept at the societal level and examine the impact of sexual activity on people aged 50 and over, beyond known effects on sexual health and general well-being”.