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Senior people engaging more extramarital sex : Study

20 percent of married Americans, aged over 55, admit to extramarital sex, compared to just 14 pc of those under 55

Raghu Kshitiz

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KATHMANDU — Elder people are more likely than younger generations to engage in extramarital sex, a new study has revealed.

For their study, researchers at the University of Utah looked at data from the General Social Survey, which is administered by the University of Chicago and contains demographic data on Americans going back to 1972.

According to the study, published by the Institute for Family Studies, 20 percent of married Americans, aged over 55, admit to extramarital sex, compared to just 14 pc of those under 55, reports the Independent.

At the same time, the rate of extramarital sex amongst 18-55-year-old married couples has declined, showing a divergence.

While the researchers found that the overall rate of individuals having sex outside of marriage has stayed stable at 16 percent over the past three decades, the age demographics most involved in affairs has shifted since the beginning of the millennium.

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The researchers speculate that the shattering of sexual norms during that era, accompanied by the generation’s propensity for many partners, may have contributed to the lax attitude of many older Americans.

It’s easy to assume that this is simply because older people are likely to have been married longer and have thus had more time to cheat — the majority were married between 20 and 30 years — but the study reveals that instances of adultery in older marriages have soared since 2000.

There’s also the possibility that the findings reflect a rise in polyamory or “ethical non-monogamy” i.e. having sex with other people with your partner’s consent.

The research, titled ‘America’s New Generation Gap in Extramarital Sex, was led by Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Family and Consumer Studies.

“No matter how many polyamorists there are today, old-fashioned adultery seems to have risen among older Americans,” Wolfinger says.

The researchers were careful to not equate extramarital sex with adultery, as one can be in a polyamorous marriage, or one in which their spouse expressly approves them seeing other partners.

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Drinking 3 cups of coffee or tea daily may keep stroke risk at bay

Raghu Kshitiz

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KATHMANDU — There have been several conflicting studies on the health benefits of drinking coffee and tea and their various varieties. But drinking up to three cups of coffee or tea in a day is safe because it reduces irregular heartbeat and stroke risk, according to a new study published in the journal JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.

Coffee has previously been believed to worsen abnormal heart rhythms, as doctors generally discourage patients suffering from the condition. However, the results of this particular study say that a daily consumption of upto 300 mg of caffeine may be safe for arrhythmic patients.

This is because the caffeine acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and blocks the effect of adenosine. Adenosine is a chemical which causes Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

A single cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine. It acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system and works to block the effects of adenosine — a chemical that causes AFib.

AFib is the most common heart rhythm disorder, causes the heart to beat rapidly and skip beats, and if left untreated, can cause strokes.

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“There is a public perception, often based on anecdotal experience, that caffeine is a common acute trigger for heart rhythm problems,” said lead author Peter Kistler, Director at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.

But, “caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have long-term anti-arrhythmic properties mediated by antioxidant effects and antagonism of adenosine,” he added.

A meta-analysis of 228,465 participants showed that AFib frequency decreasing by 6 per cent in regular coffee drinkers, and an analysis of 115,993 patients showed a 13 per cent reduced risk.

Another study of 103 post-heart attack patients who received an average of 353 mg of caffeine a day showed improvement in heart rate and no significant arrhythmias — or abnormal heart rhythms, that cause the heart to beat too fast, slow or unevenly.

However, in two studies, where patients drank at least 10 cups and nine cups of coffee per day, showed an increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) – a condition in which the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) beat very quickly.

On the other hand, patients with pre-existing heart conditions who consumed two or more energy drinks — that contains concentrated caffeine — per day reported palpitations within 24 hours.

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