NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There's new advice for older men who want to preserve their sexual function: have sex, and have it often, researchers say. In a study that followed nearly 1,000 older Finnish men for five years, researchers found that those who were regularly having sex at the start of the study were at lower risk of developing erectile dysfunction (ED) by the study's end. In fact, the more often the men had sex, the lower their ED risk. The implication, say the researchers, is that men should be encouraged to stay sexually active into their golden years.
Who are these researchers and why are they getting paid for this? I'm not a doctor (nor do I play one on TV) but I'd have to guess that men who are having sex aren't in danger of erectile dysfunction, so the study would seem to be a means to its own end.
By the way, did erectile dysfunction exist twenty years ago, or did we just recently make it up so that we could sell erectile dysfunction drugs? I'm guessing the latter, but I'm no researcher. It's fascinating to me the way ED is advertised on the radio, during the daytime hours when presumably children are listening. We're not allowed to say "penis" or talk about sex, but we can advertise ED drugs. That makes good nonsense.
I'm also a big fan of the way they tell us to "stay sexually active," as though it was a choice of ours not to. I'm exactly running that show.
Meanwhile, your children will soon be on drugs, just like you:
CHICAGO - For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems. It is the strongest guidance ever given on the issue by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which released its new guidelines Monday. The academy also recommends low-fat milk for 1-year-olds and wider cholesterol testing.
With one-third of U.S. children overweight and about 17 percent obese, the new recommendations are important, said Dr. Jennifer Li, a Duke University children's heart specialist. "We need to do something to stem the tide of childhood obesity," Li said. Li said that 15 years ago most of her patients with cholesterol problems had an inherited form of cholesterol disease not connected to obesity.
I'm guessing that the best way medical science can think of to stem the tide of childhood obesity is to start handing out the pills. What will that teach the kids? It will teach them that they can continue eating the junk that their parents feed them and all they need to do to keep from developing fat-ass disease is to take a pill.
Just tell me which exit to get off.