A recently published study found that lack of sexual interest may indicate an increased risk of premature death among men living in Japan.
The exact relationship between mortality and libido remains to be worked out by researchers, but speculate that low libido may be a more visible sign underlying a more subtle health problem.
The data came from 20,969 people aged 40 and over (8,558 men and 12,411 women) who underwent annual health checks for six years in Yamagata Prefecture, a prefecture famous for its hot springs, temples and natural beauty.
A research team from Yamagata University analyzed subjects’ self-reported levels of sexual interest in an initial questionnaire and a follow-up survey several years later. Of the original 20,969 subjects, 503 died during that time.
Researchers found significantly higher cancer and all-cause mortality among men who reported no sexual interest.
This association persisted after adjusting for factors such as age, hypertension, diabetes, smoking, alcohol consumption, BMI, education, marital status, frequency of laughter, and psychological distress.
“Sexual activity and satisfaction are believed to be beneficial for psychological health and well-being in older age groups, but the relationship between sexual interest and longevity has not been investigated,” the researchers wrote. there is
“This study is the first to prospectively examine the association between sexual interest and all-cause, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality in a community population.”
However, there was no significant association between decreased libido and mortality, as was the case in men.
Since this is a purely observational study, it is not possible to conclude which is the cause and which is the effect.
Low sexual interest in men may be linked to an “unhealthy lifestyle,” scientists say.
“Furthermore, given that sexual interest is associated with positive psychological factors, “lack of interest may influence a variety of inflammatory, neuroendocrine and immune responses,” they wrote.
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