Study Finds Frequent Sex May Help Prevent Prostate Cancer. Here’s What You Need To Know
By Joy Stephenson-Laws, J.D., Founder
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in American men. To give you a bit more perspective, in 2124, “half of all men can count on developing prostate cancer.” Sure, this is more than 100 years from now, but my belief is that with time, education and being proactive about our health we will be able to lower cancer rates and lessen the likelihood of other chronic and serious illnesses.
I don’t think the potential health benefits of sex (whether it be with a partner or through self pleasure) are talked about enough. Sex is still somewhat of a taboo topic of discussion in the United States, and some people may even be embarrassed to bring up conversations around sex with their doctors. However, some benefits of sex may include:
- Less stress
- Better heart health
- A stronger immune system
- Pain relief
- Better sleep
- Lower blood pressure
Regular, healthy and safe sex may even lead to a longer life. And according to a recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and published by the European Urology journal, men who ejaculated at least 21 times per month overall appeared to have a decreased chance (33 percent lower compared to men who did not ejaculate as much on a monthly basis) of developing prostate cancer.
“One possible explanation for why frequent ejaculation might protect against prostate cancer is that it may help clear potentially cancer-causing substances from the prostate,” according to one of the co-authors of the study.
Depending on the person, ejaculating 21 times a month (which is more or less 5 times a week) may seem like way too much or not possible. Everyone has different sex drives and perhaps different opportunities to engage in sexual activity depending on life factors such as jobs and a lack of time, existing health issues or perhaps being in a strained relationship. Whatever the case may be, know that no amount of sex and ejaculation can outdo an unhealthy lifestyle.
If you smoke, drink alcohol excessively, lead a sedentary lifestyle and eat a nutrient-void, processed food diet, you will more than likely increase your risk of developing prostate cancer.
Check out the following pH Labs blogs about how to keep your prostate healthy:
- 5 Reasons Why Men Really Need to Watch the Booze
- Exercise May Be the Best Contender in Fighting Prostate Cancer
- Listen Up Fellas! Your Prostate Wants More Fruit & Veggies
- The Prostate Cancer and Smoking Link
- Can Cryotherapy Freeze Prostate Cancer to Death?
It is also important to be proactive if you want to have a healthy sex life. The good news is that leading a healthy lifestyle will help with this along with helping prevent prostate cancer. For example, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding excess belly fat, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and drinking alcohol in moderation (if at all) are all linked to a lower chance of having erectile dysfunction and other physical and mental issues that may affect your ability to engage in sexual activity.
Check out these pH Labs blogs as well.
Enjoy your healthy life!
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