Now that you’re older, being intimate with your partner may not occur as often as before, but if you want to reduce your risk of prostate cancer an orgasm a day may keep cancer at bay, according to a new study.
Prostate cancer is the leading type of cancer amongst men and accounts for 15 percent of cancer cases in men worldwide. In 2015 there were nearly 220,800 case of prostate cancer cases reported in the United States, of which 27,540 ended up in deaths. Estimates reveal that one in seven men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime and one in 38 men will die from it. An important point to note is that most prostate cancer patients are over the age of 65 making it a common form of cancer among senior men.
The new study which revealed that reaching orgasm could reduce the risk of prostate cancer came from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Achieving orgasm reduces prostate cancer risk
Having regular sex and achieving orgasm is linked with many health benefits including a stronger immune system, better sleep, and warding off heart disease. Dr. David Samadi at the David Samadi Prostate Cancer Center in New York said, “Prior research shows a link between the benefits of sex and prostate cancer. This research adds to the evidence that it is not the number of sexual partners, but the ejaculation frequency which is the key factor in reducing prostate cancer risk.”
The researchers found that men who ejaculate daily had lower risks of developing prostate cancer compared to men who did not. Men who ejaculated more than 21 times a month had a 22 percent lower risk of developing prostate cancer. Additionally, ejaculation did not have to be solely done with a partner as researchers found that masturbation was equally affective at reducing prostate cancer risk.
Jennifer Rider of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital said, “At the same time, given the lack of modifiable risk factors for prostate cancer, the results of this study are particularly encouraging.”
Tips to prevent prostate cancer
Aside from achieving orgasm as a means to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, here are some other tips that men can use to reduce their risk of prostate cancer.
- Eat a low-fat diet
- Consume more fat from plant sources as opposed to animal sources
- Increase your fruit and vegetable intake
- Eat more fish
- Reduce dairy intake
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise regularly
- Talk to your doctor about your risk of prostate cancer and get regular check-ups