Women who have regular sex live longer, a study suggests.
Scientists have uncovered the first biological evidence that frequent bedroom activity boosts lifespan by protecting our DNA.
But the quality of a woman’s relationship has little impact on aging.
Researchers quizzed 129 women between 20 and 50 about their love lives.
They then carried out blood tests to determine their long-term health prospects.
The study focused on telomeres — protective caps on the ends of DNA — that predict a person’s biological age.
Thought of as tiny internal clocks, they shorten with time and eventually become so small that cells die.
Experts found women who had regular sex had significantly longer telomeres — boosting their overall life expectancy.
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, said: “This is an important finding.”
“It provides new evidence that sexual intimacy within long-term relationships has health-enhancing benefits.’’
Previous research has shown happy relationships improve well-being, with one theory being that couples benefit from mutual support.
SOURCE: Nick McDermott