So, according to this report published in the scientific journal Psychoneuro endocrinology, it turns out regular sex in a quality relationship might be very good for women. It might even help them live longer.
University of California scientists studied 129 women on things like partner relationships and stress, as well as measuring their telomere length (Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age)
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At first, Nothing significant was revealed until the researchers looked at women who reported having sexual intimacy during the week of the study. Their telomeres were significantly longer.
Telomere length, which can be affected by various lifestyle factors, can affect the pace of aging and onset of age-associated diseases.
Telameres protect chromosomes from fraying and therefore protect the integrity of the DNA, which becomes frayed as people age. So longer telomeres are good news for your health holding up into older age.
“Typically Telomere length shortens with age. Thereby affecting the health and lifespan of an individual. Shorter telomeres have been associated with increased incidence of diseases and poor survival. While on the other hand, reduction in the rate of telomere shortening leads to delayed onset of age-associated diseases and increased lifespan.”
Lead researcher Tomás Cabeza de Baca says one guess as to what is happening is that sexual intimacy might be dampening stress response systems and lifting immune responses. Over time these patterns of stress function should result in longer telomere length. which equals a longer life.
But he says it’s only a preliminary study on a small sample of women and more research on sexual intimacy’s role in health is needed – including on how it affects men.
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