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.
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.Follow @gorkhapost