‘Faithful men with healthy sex life live long’

November 8th, 2010 - 5:26 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Nov 8 (IANS) A healthy sex life makes men live longer, provided they remain faithful to their partners.

Italian medical researchers carried out a series of studies and found that a healthy sex life means fewer cardiovascular problems for men.

The investigation was carried out by the Italian Society of Sexual Medicine which is holding its annual congress in Modena, Italy.

Emmanuele Jannini, research coordinator, said: “What was evident from the research was that men who had active sex lives and were faithful to their partners had fewer cardiovascular complaints and lived longer,” reports the Telegraph.

“Increased sexual activity produces more testosterone, which leads to less depression and a better cardiovascular performance which means an improved metabolism.”

It is also good for men because it burns off excess sugars and reduces the risk of heart disease, added Jannini. Testosterone is the principal male sex hormone and is an anabolic steroid.

Jannini said the research has been carried out by the University of Florence on 4,000 men and the study revealed that those who were unfaithful had a poor cardiovascular performance because they were “also coping with the increased stress of their infidelity”.

She added that the study had shown that a poor quality sex life could also lead to depression.

“People who have diabetes especially benefit from a healthy sex life and an active sex life also helps avoid prostate problems for men,” said Jannini.

Previous research has shown that testosterone is essential for health and well-being as well as the prevention of osteoporosis.

The conference also heard how too much time spent speaking on mobile telephones appears to “put sperm to sleep” and can pose a risk for male fertility.

According to the preliminary results of a study by Rome’s La Sapienza University and the Santa Maria Goretti Hospital at Latina, south of the capital, “there is a correlation between cellphone use and a worsening in sperm mobility.”

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