Engaging in regular sex can help ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and is linked with a better quality of life, according to the world’s first study of its kind.
Researchers analysed 355 patients suffering from the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and monitored them over a two year period.
Roughly one in 500 people in the UK suffer from Parkinson’s disease and it’s believed that two people every hour are told they have it.
There is no cure for the disease but medication and physical therapy are believed to help ease symptoms.
Patients who had an active sex life reported less motor problems and lower depression scores throughout the study conducted by Salerno University in Italy and Imperial College London.
While the study didn’t prove that sex causes fewer symptoms, researchers say that it is clear that sexual activity is linked to a reduction in symptoms and a milder disease progression in men.
Because of this, authors from the PRIAMO study group suggest that doctors treating patients with Parkinson’s disease should enquire about their patients’ sex life.
Women were underrepresented in the study, because in order to partake in it a patient had to have been sexually active within the previous year and many women weren’t.
Dr Beckie Port, research manager at Parkinson’s UK, wrote on her blog: “From reducing symptoms, to improving memory and supporting you to stay fit, healthy and well, exercise is known to have many benefits.”
Past research has found that sex can help improve immune systems, lower blood pressure and can even increase life expectancy.
Daiga Heisters, a specialist Parkinson’s disease nurse, told The Times she tells her patients: “Put your sports kit on and get hot and sweaty with activities such as tennis, running and cycling. Or you could try sex.”
Source: Daily Mail