The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

16 October 2003

Why I will croak at 53, again

(First such statement is here.)

Alan Farnham, writer for

The best that modern science can say for sexual abstinence is that it's harmless when practiced in moderation. Having regular and enthusiastic sex, by contrast, confers a host of measurable physiological advantages, be you male or female.

In one of the most credible studies correlating overall health with sexual frequency, Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, tracked the mortality of about 1,000 middle-aged men over the course of a decade. The study was designed to compare persons of comparable circumstances, age and health.

Its findings, published in 1997 in the British Medical Journal, were that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate half that of the laggards.

Last I heard, the death rate in this species was around 100 percent, and the only man reported to have beaten those odds — well, the extent of His sexual activity is not documented in detail.

Still, if there's something to this, my days (and my otherwise-empty nights) are obviously numbered.

And a side note to younger readers: That study was conducted among middle-aged men. Extrapolate at your own risk.

(Muchas gracias: The presumably-frustrated Combustible Boy.)

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