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Having sex once a week can slow down ageing in women

Researchers analysed physical intimacy, as well as partner support or conflict, overall relationship satisfaction and stress in 130 women in long-term relationships.

Raghu Kshitiz

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WASHINGTON — Having sex once a week can slow down the signs of ageing in women, according to new research from the University of California in San Francisco.

Researchers analysed physical intimacy, as well as partner support or conflict, overall relationship satisfaction and stress in 130 women in long-term relationships.

Telomere lengths were analysed using blood samples taken from the women and the results, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, showed that those who had sex on a weekly basis (even just once) had longer ‘caps’.

Earlier research also indicated that a good sex life was an essential for good health.

The preliminary study found that women who reported having sex with their partner during the course of the week tended to have significantly longer telomeres, the protective end caps on our DNA.

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Relationship satisfaction, stress and partner support or conflict had no impact on telomere length.

Telomeres shorten with age and poor lifestyle habits, such as alcohol abuse. But being active including sexually – lengthens them.

Lead researcher Tomás Cabeza de Baca said, “over time, shortened telomeres may contribute to chronic degenerative diseases and premature mortality. Sexual intimacy may dampen the effects of stress by down-regulating stress response systems and up-regulating immune response.”

At the moment there is no evidence that sex has the same affect on me but nevertheless, we’re sure you won’t have a problem convincing your partner of the benefits.

‘Over time, these patterns of stress function should result in longer telomere length,’ PsyPost reported.

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Red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase risk of colon cancer

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Heavy diet like red meats, refined grains, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in our body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies appeared in JAMA Oncology journal.

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women.

Basically, what makes for a healthy diet overall also appears to promote a cancer-free colon, said senior researcher Dr. Edward Giovannucci. He is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“It’s consistent with what we already recommend for a healthy diet in general,” Giovannucci said, adding “I see that as good news. We’re supporting the current evidence, and not telling people to do something completely different from what they’ve been told.”

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For the study, conducted by Fred K Tabung from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the team analysed 1,21,050 male and female health care professionals, who were followed for 26 years in long-term studies. The researchers completed the food questionnaires about what they ate, on the basis of which data analysis was done last year.

The scores were based on 18 food groups characterised for their inflammatory potential and were then calculated from the questionnaires given to participants every four years.

The results indicated that higher scores reflecting inflammation-causing diets were associated with a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer in men and women.

Previous studies have linked diet factors with colon cancer, but there’s been no clear explanation why that might be, he added.

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