A study coming out of the Age and Ageing journal has revealed that those individuals over the age of 50 can benefit from an active sex life. The study, coming out of Coventry University, shows that regular sex for individuals who are 50+ can help with the brain, and decrease the risk of dementia.
MSN reported that the study reviewed approximately 6,800 individuals from 50 to 89 years of age, to see the effects sex would have when a person ages. Those who participated were questioned about various areas within their sex lives, from intercourse to masturbation. Experiments also took place to see what the brain health of participants were.
The initial experiment provided a scenario where individuals read a grouping of words, and then were asked to remember those words within two varying scenarios, right after reading them, and five minutes within hearing them. Participants were also given a numbers sequence activity in the next experiment, where they were provided with certain number patterns, and then asked to relay which digit would be missing (i.e. 5, 6, __, 8).
The team took different factors into account when it came to the experiments, and the influence it would have on brain health, or sexual activity. These factors included: general health, age, fitness level, status of living arrangements (whether they lived alone, or with others), quality of life, and depression.
The results were incredible. The team found that those who engaged in regular sexual activity were likelier to recall both the number and word experiments, versus those who were inactive sexually. Men seemed to score better than their female counterparts when it came to certain parts of the testing as well. While the sexually active women did show a noteworthy score when it came to the word test, their sexually active male counterparts seemed to score better for the numbers experiment.
The research team hypothesized that sex seems to help enhance the levels of oxytocin and dopamine (feel-good hormones) within the brain. As Dr. Hayley Wright, co-author of the study noted, these hormones might be quite important to brain function through improved connectivity or signaling between the regions within the brain. The research results could also be an indication as to why individuals in healthy and committed relationships have better overall brain health.