A survey conducted on 355 sexually active Parkinson’s disease patients has revealed that regular sex can reduce the disease’s symptoms.
The survey, a first of it’s kind, showed that engaging in regular sex can help ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and is linked with a better quality of life.
This is coming on the heels of a research conducted in the UK, which analysed and monitored 355 sexually active patients for two years. Patients with an active sex life reported lower motor and depression scores.
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.
According to Dr Beckie Port, research manager at Parkinson’s UK, “From reducing symptoms, to improving memory and supporting you to stay fit, healthy and well, exercise is known to have many benefits.”
Also speaking Daiga Heisters, a specialist Parkinson’s disease nurse, told the Times she tells her patients: ‘Put sports kit on and get hot and sweaty with activities such as tennis, running and cycling. Or you could try sex.’
Past research has found that sex can help improve immune systems, lower blood pressure and can even increase life expectancy.
Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain.
In the brain, dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter—a chemical released by neurons (nerve cells) to send signals to other nerve cells. Reduction of Dopamine results to three symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients: Involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body, Slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles
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