A study carried out by researchers from the University of Coventry and the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, has revealed that regular $exual activity could be linked to improved brain function in older adults.
The researchers found that people who had regular $ex scored higher on tests that measured their verbal fluency and their ability to visually perceive objects and the spaces between them.
According to sciencedaily.com, the study published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, involved 73 people aged between 50 and 83 years.
The participants filled questionnaires on how often, on the average, they had engaged in $exual activity in the past 12 months and they answered questions about their general health and lifestyle.
The 28 men and 45 women also took part in a standardised test, which was typically used to measure different patterns of brain function in older adults, focusing on attention, memory, fluency, language and visuo-spatial ability.
The lead researcher of the study, Dr Hayley Wright, from Coventry University’s Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour, and Achievement, said,
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“We can only speculate whether this is driven by social or physical elements, but an area we would like to research further is the biological mechanisms that may influence this..
People don’t like to think that older people have $ex, but we need to challenge this misconception at a societal level and look at what impact $exual activity can have on those aged 50 and above, beyond the known effects on $exual health and general wellbeing.”