Think you’ve got nothing to look forward to as you get older? Think again! According to everydayhealthcom getting older might actually improve your health in a number of unexpected ways.
As the years fly by, it’s easy to focus on the less-than-desirable aspects of your aging physique. But did you know that, in some ways, your body actually gets better with age? In fact, doctors and researchers are discovering that the natural aging process has certifiable health benefits. The changes aren’t dramatic and they certainly won’t turn back the hands of time, but even small physiological improvements can make a big difference when it comes to feeling younger and enjoying life more.
Here’s one of real benefits you can look forward to as you grow older.
A shift in the hormonal balance beginning in the early 50s can increase a woman’s libido and her ability to have orgasms, says Jessica Fields, Ph.D., a research associate at the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality in San Francisco. Many women also report an increase in the frequency and intensity of orgasms as they grow older. In fact, some research suggests that the frequency of orgasms increases for women in each decade, up until the octogenarian years (age 80 – 89). But men have reason to celebrate, too. After age 60, the ligaments that attach the penis to the body begin to relax. Assuming a man stays slim, this makes the flaccid penis look longer with each 60-plus decade.
Healthy Advice Don’t assume that getting older means that sex needs to fall by the wayside. “Many 60-plus people enjoy an active sex life that is often better than what they enjoyed in early adulthood,” says Fields. Plus, some research suggests that frequent sex helps boost the immune system. It also may keep you looking young. A Scottish study of 3,500 people found that men and women who made love at least three times a week looked 10 years younger than their less lusty counterparts.
The Bottom Line Another birthday could be reason to rejoice. As long as you practice good health habits and get regular medical checkups, your body can continue to improve in many ways. Like fine wine, you’re not getting older, you’re getting better!