Decreased Sexual Satisfaction in Middle Age Leads To Cognitive Decline, Study Shows

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A recent study led by researchers from Penn State suggests that experiencing low sexual satisfaction during middle age could indicate a potential risk for cognitive decline in the future. The study observed a group of men aged 56 to 68 and discovered a connection between declining sexual satisfaction, erectile function, and subsequent memory loss.

Erectile function could be a risk factor for memory decline

The study published in the journal Gerontologist tracked sexual satisfaction, sexual health, and cognition over time, revealing a potential new risk factor for cognitive decline. Study co-author and Penn State professor Martin Sliwinski said that its unique approach involved measuring memory and sexual function throughout the longitudinal study, allowing researchers to observe their changes over time. The findings align with the emerging understanding of the connection between life satisfaction and cognitive performance.

Researchers sought to establish the link between psychological and physical changes in middle-aged people to cognitive decline. The study examined the impact of microvascular changes on erectile function and lower sexual satisfaction and how these changes relate to cognition.

Sliwinski said that scientists have discovered a correlation between low overall satisfaction and an increased risk of health issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, cardiovascular problems, and other stress-related conditions that can contribute to cognitive decline. Furthermore, they have found that enhancing sexual satisfaction may improve memory function. While exercise and proper nutrition are often recommended for better health, this research highlights the significance of sexual satisfaction for overall well-being and quality of life.

Decreased sexual satisfaction leads to cognitive decline

Traditionally, research on sexual health has focused on measurable aspects such as the number of sexual partners or frequency of sexual activity. However, this study aimed to investigate how individuals perceive their sex life and how it affects their cognitive function. The researchers discovered that a decline in both erectile function and sexual satisfaction was linked to memory decline.

Lead study author Riki Slayday said they established that a decrease or increase in sexual satisfaction or erectile function was associated with a decrease or increase in cognitive function.

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