Sex Could Slow Down Aging Effects On Your DNA
As if your dry spell wasn't already annoying enough, it might also make you age you faster, apparently.
OK, maybe that's not necessarily the case, but a new study finds that having more sex will slow down the aging process.
Yep, that's right.
Aside from already having a better quality of life than others, people who are having sex regularly could also enjoy their awesome lives for a little longer, according to this new study, published in Psychoneuroendocrinology.
This is how it works:
Ever heard of "telomores"? That's OK, neither had I.
Basically, they're the part of our DNA that protects our chromosomes from deteriorating when our cells divide. Usually, our telomeres start to get shorter as we get older, according to Medical Daily.
But the current study found that regular sexual activity was linked to longer telomere length in women, particularly women who reported having sex at least once a week.
Who cares about that? Well, you should care, and let me tell you why.
As I just mentioned, as we get older, our telomeres are inevitably going to get shorter. But that's not exactly awesome news. The study's lead researcher, Tomás Cabeza de Baca told PsyPost, “Over time, shortened telomeres may contribute to chronic degenerative diseases and premature mortality.”
If our telomeres are longer, this could result in our cells aging more slowly and, as a result, us enjoying a better quality of overall health for longer.
Sounds pretty dope, right? Right.
And the best part?
This isn't just good news for people in relationships. No, you can potentially boast longer telomeres and, as a result, a better quality of life by just banging your random hookup buddy once a week.
The researchers found that the "type" of relationship didn't have a significant effect on the length of the women's telomeres.
Simply put, you can have really freaking long telomeres and totally hate the person you're banging. As long as you're banging someone, you're good.
How legit is this?
This all being said, it's important to note that the study is just observational.
All the research really shows is that there definitely is a link between the aging process and sexual activity, as well as a link between women who have sex regularly and longer telomeres. And TBH, that's still pretty cool, if I do say so myself.