By Harry Cockburn
With an endnote by Lasha Darkmoon
on Sexual Continence and Celibacy
Statue of Madonna del Mare (‘Madonna of the Sea’) overlooking the tiny fishing village of Acciaroli in SW Italy where one in 10 people are over 100 years old.
Acciaroli in south west Italy is no ordinary place. It is home to an extraordinarily high number of centenarians.
More than one in 10 of the population of 700 is over 100 years old, and the hamlet has been the focus of a study to discover the factors that contribute to its residents’ longevity.
After spending six months in the area, researchers from Rome’s Sapineza University and the Sandiego School of Medicine found that elderly people in the region have unusually good blood circulation for their age.
The research team analysed blood samples from more than 80 residents, and discovered extraordinarily low levels of adrenomedullin, a hormone that widens blood vessels.
The levels of adrenomedullin were similar to those you would normally find in people in their 20s and 30s, the researchers said.
High levels of the hormone can cause blood vessels to contract, causing circulatory problems which can lead to other serious health conditions.
The scientists found the hormone “in a much reduced quantity in the subjects studied and seems to act as a powerful protecting factor, helping the optimal development of microcirculation”, or capillary circulation.
The research team is yet to discover the cause of the phenomenon, but believe it is closely related to diet and exercise.
People in Acciaroli tend to eat locally caught fish, home-reared rabbits and chickens as well as olive oil and home-grown vegetables and fruit.
The study also notes that the locals all eat rosemary, which is thought to help improve brain function, and local varieties of the herb are set to be studied in a broader examination into longevity in the region.
“When we tested it, we found a dozen different compounds in there. Scientific studies have shown that acids help the function of the brain,” Dr Alan Maisel, a cardiologist from the School of Medicine at the University of California San Diego, told The Telegraph.
In addition, those living in the region suffer from fewer diseases than those living in other western countries.
“We found that they don’t have the sort of chronic diseases that we see in the US such as heart disease, obesity and Alzheimer’s,” Dr Maisel said.
“We noticed that they don’t suffer from cataracts. Most people in the US, if you are over 80, you have cataracts. We saw none,” he said.
But perhaps there is another important factor in locals’ long lives.
“Sexual activity among the elderly appears to be rampant,” Dr Maisel said. “Maybe living long has something to do with that. It’s probably the good air and the joie de vivre.” (See endnote by LD)
The hamlet, 85 miles south from Naples on the Cilento coast, is in the area where US nutritionist Ancel Keys cited the highest concentration of centenarians in the world in 1950, as he sought to establish evidence that a “Mediterranean diet” contributed to longevity.
He moved to the region with his wife, and lived to be 100 years old.
Endnote by LD on Sexual Continence and Celibacy
The suggestion that “rampant” sexual activity will help you to live longer is (((media propaganda))) put out by the (((Usual Suspects))) to encourage sexual degeneracy. Don’t believe a word of it. Some scientists actually believe the reverse is true.
THE secret of a long life is abstinence from sex, scientists revealed yesterday.
A team from the University of Sheffield believes nuns and spinsters who stay away from the pleasures of the flesh outlive sexually active adults. The “no sex” strategy for survival came from results found studying the sex lives of beetles at the university’s department of animal and plant sciences. They discovered that mealworm beetles, which mate every day, die young, while those which avoid mating live for much longer.
Dr Michael Siva-Jothey, the leader of the team, said: “Nuns tend to have a longer lifespan than women with children and most people know of someone with a maiden aunt who seems to live forever. The question is, why?
. . . The findings are just one in a long line of evidence that suggest that males live longer if they abstain from sex. In 1997, Dr David Gems, a geneticist at University College London, found that males who remain celibate are more likely to survive into a ripe old age. He discovered that males are actually designed to live longer, but any help from nature is wiped out by the pursuit of sex.
Dr Gems, however, is referring in the above passage to mealworm beetles and reached the same controversial conclusion while studying nematode worms. My feeling is: if laying off sex works for beetles and worms, there’s a good chance it may also work for human beings. (See Stay celibate to live longer . . . The secret of a long life is abstinence from sex.)
USSR-born scientist of Russian heritage Alex Zhavoronkov believes that people could live up to 150 years and be productive, if they changed their lifestyle, which for him personally includes giving up sex.
He exercises to protect his muscle mass and skeleton, which he considers extremely important for a long and healthy life. He strives to work all hours when he is awake, and his life-changing plan for 2015 was to sleep at least 5 hours a day. (See here).
Dr Zhavoronkov hastens to add that he is not recommending that everyone should give up sex to enjoy better health and longevity. He says he chooses this path for himself because it suits him personally and makes him feel much better.
The irresponsible suggestion that “rampant” sex might help you to achieve vigorous health and longevity is typical tabloid disinformation and should be rejected as dangerous nonsense. If rampant sexual activity helped people to live to a hundred and beyond, the world would be full of sex maniacs and serial killers who were also centenarians.