Relationships

Marriage, sex, friends and family – how do different relationships affect your health and life expectancy?
Draft page – more coming soon 🙂

Latest News

Frequent ejaculation may decrease prostate cancer risk – NHS – 6-Jul-2017
Men who ejaculate more than 20 times a month less likely to report prostate cancer than those ejaculating less than 8 times per month.
26% reduction in risk of prostate cancer for men aged over 50.
Study does not prove cause – only that it is associated with a reduction in risk.
May help reduce stress or keep cell metabolism well regulated.
Cohort study following up male health professionals from 1992 for 18 years.

Do religious people live longer? – Herald Review – 22-Jan-2017
Study showed people who attend church regularly tend to live slightly longer than non-religious people.
Further research has shown this is due to church goers, by definition, being more social – i.e. more likely to interact with others and belong to more than one organisation.
Social people, on average, tend to live a bit longer than loners.
Most people gain a positive feeling, a “good” feeling, being part of something or some group they deem important.
Simply put, we obtain important moral and physical support in a group

Be Nice, Because People Who Care for Others Live Longer – TIME – 27-Dec-2016
Study of more than 500 people between ages 70 and 103.
Those who provided care for someone in their social network lived an average of 3 years longer than people who didn’t.
Positive emotions experienced from helping others may combat the negative effects of emotions like stress.
Full-time caregiving may cause more stress so striking a balance may be important.

Is staying single actually good for your health? – Yahoo News – 14-Nov-2016
Many studies have said that married people are the ones who live longer.
However, Bella DePaulo has authored Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After.
Married people are more likely to agree with the statement, “I gave up trying to make big improvements in my life a long time ago.”
Single people who are self-sufficient are less likely to experience negative emotions and also exercise more.

People who have stronger social networks live longer – Independent – 1-Nov-2016
People with stronger social networks and relationships tend to live longer – also true of the online world.
Online activity of the 12 million people over six months studied.
Facebook users 12 per cent less likely to die in any given year.
The bigger the social network the better.
Activity that indicates offline social interaction (e.g. posting photos) tended to live longest.

Family, not friends, lowers death risk in older age – Medical News Today – 22-Aug-2016
Loneliness among seniors has been linked to increased risk of depression and heart disease.
Close relationships with family members more important than with friends finds University of Toronto.
Reduced risk of death in 5 year study from 14% to 6%.
James Iveniuk: “It is the people who you cannot choose who seem to provide the greatest benefit to longevity.”
Also found that marriage was beneficial for mortality even among subjects with poor marital quality.

Women who regularly attend religious services live longer – NHS – 17-May-2016
74,000 US nurses studied between 1996 to 2012.
Those who attended religious services more than once a week had a 33% lower relative risk of dying over study period.
Difference explained by:
– social support 23%
– smoking 22%
– optimism 9%
COMMENT: no surprise given other recent research highlighting the importance of social groups for older people

Men live longer when they marry younger spouses. Why don’t women? – The Guardian – 31-Mar-2016
In Danish study, woman over 50 married to a man 16 years younger was 40% more likely to die by end of study.
If sexes are swapped, men are 4% less likely to die – unless he is very wealthy!
Is cohabiting better than marriage? It depends but cohabiters with high levels of income and education live longer than their married counterparts.