A new research by the University of California has revealed that having s*x once in a week will make you look younger.
Having great sexual chemistry with your partner is obviously good for your relationship and keeps you happy. But new research has shown that regular s*x also keeps you young. So how often do you need to be getting intimate to make a difference?
Once a week apparently. Scientists in California found that the protective caps on our DNA – which indicate aging and general health – are in better shape in women who have weekly romps.
The caps – called telomeres – keep our DNA in shape and stop our chromosomes from fraying as we get older. Short telomeres means a shorter lifespan.
Researchers asked 129 women in relationships about their sexual activity over the course of a week, and examined their blood.
They found “significantly” longer telomeres in women who said they were having weekly sexual intimacy.
Lead researcher Tomás Cabeza de Baca, of the University of California, told PsyPost telomeres were “a biological index of systemic ageing and health”. He said the sexual link to longer telomeres was there, whether the relationship was a happy one outside of the bedroom or not.
He said: “The relationship held when we controlled for our measures of relationship quality, perceived stress, and other important confounders.
“Telomere length and telomerase activity was not associated with relationship satisfaction and positive/negative partner interactions.”
Dr de Baca also said that normal life process, such as natural aging, shorten the caps.
He added: “Over time, shortened telomeres may contribute to chronic degenerative diseases and premature mortality.”
Previous research has linked shorter telomeres with increased risk of disease, but found that a healthy diet and exercise can help minimise risk. If you want to know how else to hold back the years, check out our ten cheap beauty hacks to help you look ten years younger.
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