When it comes to lowering your risk of prostate cancer, a number of lifestyle changes have been shown to help.
These include dietary changes, ranging from cutting out dairy and red meat to going keto and exercising regularly.
Yet, this latest suggestion will come as a very happy surprise to many men, with recent research revealing that a frequent sex life and increased masturbation could lower your odds of developing prostate cancer.
Several studies have highlighted a link between ejaculation and prostate cancer, suggesting that increased ejaculation could decrease men’s prostate cancer risk.
Could this exciting news be true? Let’s take a closer look.
Study 1) Sexual factors and prostate cancer.
One study conducted by Australian researchers found that men who frequently ejaculated 7 times a week had a 36% reduced risk of developing prostate cancer. Its results contradicted those of previous studies, which have suggested that a highly active sex life could actually increase a man’s prostate cancer risk.
Why did this study show completely different results?
Well, the key difference is that these earlier studies defined sexual activity as sexual intercourse, whereas the latest study focused on the number of ejaculations, whether or not intercourse was involved.
Study 2) Ejaculation frequency and subsequent risk of prostate cancer.
A further study undertaken the following year drew a similar conclusion. Using data from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (February 1, 1992, through January 31, 2000) of 29,342 US men aged 46 to 81 years, the study also found that increased ejaculations were associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer.
The participants provided information on their history of ejaculation frequency in a self-administered questionnaire in 1992 and responded to follow-up questionnaires every 2 years to 2000.
The results found that the risk of prostate cancer may be reduced for men who ejaculate 21 times or more per month. This was compared with men who only ejaculated 4-7 times a month.
Study 3) Sexual activity and prostate cancer risk in men diagnosed at a younger age.
Another study completed in 2008 reviewed the link between sexual frequency and prostate cancer risk specifically in younger men.
The study consisted of 431 prostate cancer cases and 409 control men, who provided information on their sexual activity.
In particular, the frequencies of intercourse and masturbation during the participants’ different ages (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s) were collected.
The study reflected mixed results, finding that frequent masturbation was only linked with a decreased prostate cancer risk in men over the age of 50.
In contrast, men in their 20’s and 30’ who ejaculated on a frequent basis were actually found to have an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Study 4) Ejaculation Frequency and Risk of Prostate Cancer: Updated Results with an Additional Decade of Follow-up.
An 18-year Harvard study determined that the risk of prostate cancer was reduced by 20% for men who ejaculated 21 times a month, compared to men who ejaculated four to 7 times a month.
The study included 31,925 men who answered questions on ejaculation frequency on a 1992 questionnaire and followed through to 2010.
The average monthly ejaculation frequency was assessed at three time- points: age 20-29 yrs., age 40-49 yrs., and the year before questionnaire distribution.
As a result of the mass of data collected, this is one of the more promising studies.
However, there were several limitations, one being that the study relied on men to accurately report how often they ejaculated and the other being that the study included mostly white men.
Research has shown that African American have a greater risk of prostate cancer (1 in 4 chance, compared to that of a 1 in 8 chance for other men), so it is possible the more diverse population may have affected the results of the study.
What Does The Science Say?
Although some studies showed variations in results and did have some limitations, overall it appears that regular sexual activity and masturbation may have a positive effect on prostate health.
Over the years sex has been linked to a wide range of health benefits, including sleeping better, reducing depression, and even maintaining a healthy weight.
Some further research may need to be undertaken in regard to age-related risk, but overall the research looks promising.
Improving Sexual Health
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However, as men age, it’s common for levels of testosterone to decline and for libido to decrease. Many will resort to Viagra and other drugs, but these drugs can cause a number of unpleasant side effects, as well as dependence.
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