Is Sex Good for your Health in Senior Years? – Dr Ken Romeo

OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo  775-870-6942

Using national longitudinal data from the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (N = 2,204) scientists studied the relationship of sex and cardiovascular risk in later life and they particularly studied sexual activity and sexual quality as they affect cardiovascular risk.

They defined cardiovascular risk as hypertension, rapid heart rate, elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), and general cardiovascular events.

They found that older men are more likely to report being sexually active, having sex more often, and having more enjoyably than are older women.

However, results from cross-lagged models suggest that high frequency of sex is positively related to a later risk of cardiovascular events for men but not women.

Also, good sexual quality seems to protect women but not men from cardiovascular risk in later life.

The scientists found no evidence that poor cardiovascular health interferes with later sexuality for either gender.

Yours in Health!

Dr. Ken Romeo

Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research Foundation (HARF) in Reno, NV.

Though each article contained on this Blog is derived from published Clinical and Research data contained in various national and international databases with links provided,

NO ARTICLE OR CONCLUSION IS MEANT TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, PREVENT OR CURE DISEASE.

CONSULT YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES TO YOUR HEALTH REGIMEN.

Contact: DrKenRomeo1@gmail.com

Source Data: J Health Soc Behav. 2016 Sep;57(3):276-96.

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