Frequent Sex in Old Age might be Detrimental for Men

A study published in the Health and Social Behavior Journal found that elderly men with an active sex life are at a greater risk of having a heart attack than those with an inactive sex life. The researchers, led by Hui Liu, worked on the study for five years. Hui Liu is an associate professor at Michigan’s State University. The research involved 2,204 people of 57 to 85 years old. It started in 2005 and ended in 2010.

Interestingly, the study also revealed that women benefit from an active sex life in their old age. In fact, an active sex life among elderly women reduces their risk of developing adverse heart conditions including the possibility of suffering from a heart attack.

Heart attacks: the discrepancy between men and women

This study by Hui Liu reinforces the aspect of heart attacks that is common knowledge within medical circles.funny old couple in bed More specifically, men are at a higher risk of suffering from heart attacks than women are. In 2013, about 8.6 million people suffered from a heart attack. Three million of them suffered from a specific kind of heart attack known as STEMI. This STEMI occurred twice as frequently in men as it did in women.

The reason for this discrepancy is both physical and psychological. For example, high oestrogen levels in women vicariously help reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Also, men are breadwinners in their homes in many cases, which strains them physically and psychologically because they feel like they have to fend for the family even after they have retired.

Heart attacks and sex: the physiological argument

According to the study, sex in old age adds to the risk men face in regards to this medical condition while reducing the same risk faced by women. It does so because sex affects the flow of blood in men more significantly than it does in women. In fact, men are likely to strain their heart while trying to reach a climax or while trying to improve their sexual performance for their partner’s sake. In contrast, women release a hormone known as oxytocin in great amounts during sex. This hormone reduces their blood pressure and as such, sex is good for them during their old age.

Contradicting studies

This study is the first of its kind, which implies that the results are not conclusive. Other studies have shown results that contradict those found in this one. For example, a study by the New England Institute of Research studied men aged between 40 and 70 years. It found that these men reduce their risk of suffering from a heart attack by 50% if they have sex two times or more in a week.

It is important to note that the study headed by Hui Liu has an older demographic and as such, the New England study may be more applicable to a younger generation than an older one.