Health-related lifestyle factors and sexual functioning and behavior in older adults

Mark S. Allen, Annelil E. Desille

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Abstract

This study explored associations between health-related lifestyle factors and sexual functioning and behavior in 6,916 adults aged 50 and over. Results showed that an active lifestyle was associated with a higher sex drive, more sexual activity, and lower levels of sexual dysfunction (with stronger associations among men). Poor sleep was associated with less sexual activity, higher levels of sexual dissatisfaction, and higher levels of sexual dysfunction. A healthier diet and a higher alcohol intake were associated with more sexual activity and a higher sex drive. Taken together, these findings demonstrate that health-related lifestyle factors are important for sexual functioning and behavior in older adulthood.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-277
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Sexual Health
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • diet
  • physical activity
  • sexual dysfunction
  • sleep

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