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Sexually Active Men Might Have Milder Parkinson’s Symptoms, Study Suggests

Sexually Active Men Might Have Milder Parkinson’s Symptoms, Study SuggestsHaving sex might be linked to milder symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in men, reports a recent study in the European Journal of Neurology.

Italian researchers found that sexually-active men reported a better quality of life than those who were not having sex.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological movement disorder that occurs when the brain does not produce enough of the neurotransmitter dopamine. As a result, a person can develop motor (movement) symptoms like slow movement, tremor, and stiffness. Non-motor symptoms, such as sexual dysfunction, apathy (lack of emotion), and cognitive decline are also possible.

The study involved 355 people (238 men and 117 women) with early-stage Parkinson’s disease.

The participants filled out several questionnaires and answered interview questions about non-motor symptoms, motor disabilities, cognitive abilities, depression, and health-related quality of life. These assessments were done three times over the course of the study: once at the beginning, again at a 12-month follow-up visit, and again 9-16 months after that follow-up visit.

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