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Masturbation may be good for you – or bad, depending on your age. The solitary sexual activity that is widely practised but little discussed, is linked with an increased risk of prostate cancer when practised frequently by young men in their twenties and thirties, doctors say.
But by the time men reach their fifties, it may protect against the disease because it helps remove toxins that have built up over a lifetime.
Prostate cancer is known to be driven by the male hormone testosterone, and men with high levels of testosterone tend to have a higher sex drive and a higher risk of the cancer.
The findings showed that those who had been most sexually active in their twenties – having sexual intercourse or masturbating more than 20 times a month – were more likely to have the cancer. Frequent masturbation, but not sexual intercourse, in the twenties and thirties was significantly linked with the later development of prostate cancer.
In their 50s men who were most sexually active (more than 10 times a month for sexual intercourse and masturbation combined) enjoyed a small protective effect. The effect was greater when masturbation was assessed on its own.
"One theory is that during the early years the prostate gland is more susceptible to hormonal changes and is still developing. As men age and accumulate toxins from the diet or through their lungs , sexual activity may help release them. Studies have found toxins in the semen and the fluid produced in the prostate. As you age it is more important to flush them out."
However, she admitted that there was no good explanation of why masturbation should have a greater impact on prostate cancer, either by increasing or reducing the risk, than sexual intercourse.
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Originally posted by vonspurter
reply to post by Gemwolf
This caution isn't aimed at anyone specific - it's just a precautionary reminder to prevent what's coming.
I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Double standards and all that!
I couldn't help but raise that one
Originally posted by questioningall
I have heard of people dying of heart attacks during sex, but haven't heard of it happening due to masturbation.
Originally posted by secretagent woooman
Take it from someone who worked in a retirement community; there is no bigger den of sin than your local nursing home. If you weren't getting lucky in youth you will definitely catch that second wind!