Sex in old age makes you look younger

2013-07-09 18:07

Having an active sex life when you reach old age may be the key to the fountain of youth, as research on senior sex reveals it can help maintain and preserve a more youthful appearance.

Those were the findings presented recently to the British Psychological Society by Dr. David Weeks, a British psychologist who set out to examine how regular sex in the Golden Years impacts health, concluding that it was essential for preserving youth.

Dr. Weeks conclusion is further supported by a 2008 study in Sweden that found the number of 70 year olds having sex – and reporting it as good sex – has risen significantly in the last 10 years. The study also found that an increasing number of older women reported specific satisfaction with their sex lives during the Golden Years.

According to Dr. Weeks, the key to looking younger is having an active and good sex life, including in old age. However, he added, society needs to have a more favorable perspective of sexual activity among the elderly.

So what makes sex so important?

It’s not just about looking younger. Sex can also be good for your health.

• In addition to making you happy – an essential ingredient for mental and emotional health – regular sexual activity can increase your lifespan. According to a study conducted at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, people who had an active sex life lived longer than those who did not.

• Another health benefit of an active sex life is that it releases endorphins, which are known to boost mood and act as natural painkillers. On the contrary, abstaining from sex for a prolonged time has been known to cause anxiety and depression.