For better brain health, get busy in the bedroom

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August 24th, 2017
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To stay healthy, you eat right, exercise, see your doctor regularly. But now, researchers think you might want to add frequent sexual activity to that list—say once a week or more.

Scientists from Coventry and Oxford Universities in the U.K. have published a study in the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences involving 28 men and 45 women between ages 50 and 83. They asked participants to complete questionnaires about how often they had engaged in sex in the past year. They were also asked some questions about their general health and lifestyle practices. 

In addition, participants took a standardized test, which measured brain functions such as attention, memory, language, verbal fluency, and visual perception of spatial relationships. Then researchers compared results among participants who reported monthly, weekly, or no sexual activity. 

Mixed results

Results showed that people who had sex weekly scored higher on verbal fluency and visual perception of spatial relationships. No significant differences were found, however, for the measures of attention, memory, or language. 

The researchers stress that this link between sex and brain function does not necessarily imply a cause-and-effect relationship, and more studies are needed to discover the reasons for their findings.