The study also found that those individuals who were divorced or widowed, but then remarried, had a lesser chance of experiencing chronic health conditions and mobility problems.
Regular sexual activity can have other positive impacts on married, sexually active adults' health as well, says James. "The encouraging results appear to include: positive weight management and overall fitness; a stronger immune system; reduced risk of heart disease and prostate cancer; as well as a more positive attitude," said James.
In her upcoming book, In the Mood Again (Simon & Shuster January 2010) James counsels couples on how to regain their lost libido and maintain a healthy sex life for adults no matter what their age. James cites a 1997 British study which analyzed the connection between sexual activity and the risk of death in men, concluding the risk of death from all causes, such as heart disease, was halved among men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm.*
"Whether widowed or divorced, the message is the same and the advice is based on clear and concise evidence with the results speaking for themselves," said James. "It gives a new and updated meaning to living happily ever after in sickness and in health - now we have found the way to life being happier and healthier."
*R Doll. One for the heart. British Medical Journal 315 (1997): 1664-1668
About Genie James
As one of the nation's leading authorities on women's health, integrative medicine and relationship-centered models of care, Genie James has built a strong following and an established track record of success as a healthcare consultant, professional speaker, and author.
Genie is the co-founder of The Natural Hormone Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, and has co-authored with C
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