Sex Is Good for You: For Fighting Cancer To the Common Cold It's Just What the Doctor Ordered (and Men Benefit Most!)

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Making
love could be one of the few pleasures in life that is genuinely
good for you, say researchers.

Not only does
a healthy sex life boost mood, but there is growing evidence to
show it boosts your physical well-being, too – from increasing longevity
to reducing the risk of erectile dysfunction and even heart attack.

Only last month,
researchers at Nottingham University concluded that men who kept
up a regular sex life in their 50s were also at lower risk of developing
prostate cancer.

(Conversely, they found "too much" sexual activity –
more than 20 times a month – in the 20s and 30s could increase
the risk.)

In fact, the
research seems to suggest that men – particularly older men – benefit
the most from healthy effects of sex. Feel-good hormones help explain
some of the benefits, such as mood-boosting, but the explanation
is not always obvious.

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February
11, 2009

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