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More Orgasms = Longer Life Expectancy?

Men's Journal: "The typical man who has 350 orgasms a year, versus the national average of around a quarter of that, lives about four years longer." Michael Douglas notwithstanding.

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Ed Driscoll

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June 4, 2013 - 3:31 pm

Sex can extend a man’s life, Men’s Journal claims

“For men, the more the better,” he says. “The typical man who has 350 orgasms a year, versus the national average of around a quarter of that, lives about four years longer.” And more than those extra four years, Roizen says, the men will feel eight years younger than their contemporaries. Is there an optimal number of orgasms for the average man? Roizen suggests, with a straight face, that 700 a year could add up to eight years to your life. This is an ambitious prescription: The average American adult male has sex just 81 times a year.

Roizen’s formula may be new, but the benefits of sex and orgasms have been tracked for years, and there’s some compelling hard evidence to back Roizen’s claims. A Swedish study done in the ’80s found that 70-year-olds who made it to 75 were the ones still having sex, and a Duke University study that followed 252 people over 25 years concluded that “frequency of intercourse was a significant predictor of longevity.”

But the big kahuna of longevity studies was completed just 10 years ago in Wales. British scientists interviewed nearly 1,000 men in six small villages about their sexual frequency, then arranged for all death records to be forwarded so the scientists could record their life spans. Ten years later they determined that men who had two or more orgasms a week had died at a rate half that of the men who had orgasms less than once a month. “Sexual activity seems to have a protective effect on men’s health,” the researchers concluded.

…Unless you’re Michael Douglas, apparently:

Michael Douglas – the star of Basic Instinct and Fatal Attraction – has revealed that his throat cancer was apparently caused by performing oral sex.

In a surprisingly frank interview with the Guardian, the actor, now winning plaudits in the Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, explained the background to a condition that was thought to be nearly fatal when diagnosed three years ago. Asked whether he now regretted his years of smoking and drinking, usually thought to be the cause of the disease, Douglas replied: “No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus.”

Umm, ooooooooooooooohhhhhkaaaaaaaay. But if it’s actually true, Joe Jackson didn’t know the half of it when he wrote in 1982 that everything gives you cancer:

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Cross-posted from Ed Driscoll’s Blog, where originally titled “Sexual Healing — Or the Lack Thereof”.

Blogging since 2002, affiliated with PJM since 2005, where he is currently a columnist, San Jose Editor, and founder of PJM's Lifestyle blog. Over the past 15 years, Ed has contributed articles to National Review Online, the Weekly Standard.com, Right Wing News, the New Individualist, Blogcritics, Modernism, Videomaker, Servo, Audio/Video Interiors, Electronic House, PC World, Computer Music, Vintage Guitar, and Guitar World.

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So what are you telling me here? Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner will live forever?

/Oh, the Humanity...
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Hmm, maybe it's more the correlation than causality. If you're healthy enough and feeling good enough to want to have sex that much, you're likely to live much longer?
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Since you brought it up, I seriously do not understand why everyone is making fun of Michael Douglas. Andrea Peyser of the NY Post was especially hateful.

The guy is practically doing a public service announcement and may save lives but what do you say? "Umm, ooooooooooooooohhhhhkaaaaaaaay. But if it’s actually true,..." Really, you didn't even look it up? Guess what? It is true, and it's big news to most people who had NO IDEA that HPV caused throat cancer in men and women. Michael Douglas should be commended for openly discussing a difficult topic, and I'm very happy that he's recovered from his stage 4 cancer.
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Now, does this study only prove viable if a man and a woman are involved in intimate action, or would it apply as well to a grumpy old man with a bag of Cheetos sitting at his computer in a dark corner flinging his boomerang? Or is an orgasm an orgasm regardless?
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
I was wondering that as well but I would imagine the aerobic aspect of the actual sex act might be as beneficial as the orgasm.
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yeah, that would do it; a woman interesting enough for there to be an "aerobic aspect" of sex. Most erectile dysfunction is really just erectile disinterest.

It's hard to kiss the lips at night that chewed your a** all day, so "wham, bam, thank you ma'm" works pretty well for lots of men.
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