Masturbation May Pose Health Risk

by on 01/26/2009 in Health

Almost everyday we read about something that is bad for us, but why does it take so long for science to uncover? I am a 47 year old male and this story really caught my attention. If I knew about this risk, I would have been more careful when I was in my 20’s or early 30’s, but I probably would have ignored the risk anyway.

A new study finds men who are sexually active in their 20s and 30s are more likely to develop prostate cancer – especially if they masturbate frequently.

The study also found that frequent sexual activity in a man’s 40s appears to have little effect and even small levels of sexual activity in a man’s 50s could offer protection from the disease. Most of the differences were attributed to masturbation rather than sexual intercourse.

The study, led by the University of Nottingham, looked at the sexual practices of more than 431 men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 60, together with 409 controls who do not have prostate cancer.

Among men with prostate cancer, 34 percent had masturbated frequently in their 20s, compared to 24 percent among the control group. A similar spread was found for men in their 30s.

The results, based on questionnaires, are detailed in the journal BJU International (the British Journal of Urology).

I am sure will get a lot of comments on this one.

28 Responses to “Masturbation May Pose Health Risk”

  1. blue

    Jan 26th, 2009

    wheres the comments.
    Also I thought I read a similar study saying that it is a good thing.

    • Frank J

      Jan 26th, 2009

      Give it time I just published it. I read it was a good thing also in Men’s Health Magazine, go figure.

  2. blue

    Jan 26th, 2009

    http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA297851

    Its supposed to be good!

    • Frank J

      Jan 26th, 2009

      I have read that in a health magazine that it was supposed to be healthy, but you know science.

  3. Brad K.

    Jan 26th, 2009

    I am Ignoring these finding!!!

    • Frank J

      Jan 26th, 2009

      I was think the same Brad. I would be in the high risk category if I was in my 20’s. :)

  4. sparky

    Jan 26th, 2009

    I suspect you won’t be alone, Brad! :)

  5. Nattyb

    Jan 26th, 2009

    Healthy or not, it’s the best thing in my life.

    • Frank J

      Jan 26th, 2009

      Natty,

      Like I said I am sure we were going to get a lot of comments on this. I dislike when we find out about things like this years later.

  6. Jinksy

    Jan 26th, 2009

    This isn’t like one of those Microsoft studies, where Microsoft pays some company to do an unbiased study saying how great they are, is it?

    Are they proposing to legalize prostitution in England, and figure if you can pay for it rather than deal with it yourself, the money raised from the tax alone would bolster the economy?

    Sound like one of those deals.

    • Frank J

      Jan 26th, 2009

      Jinksy,

      No – this study was referenced in the post.

  7. Susie

    Jan 26th, 2009

    LMAO – on the floor!

    • Frank J

      Jan 26th, 2009

      Susie,

      I knew you get a lugh out of this, but it’s science and health. :)

  8. sparky

    Jan 26th, 2009

    Now I’m lmao! Are you ‘shooting’ for a 50K ranking?

    • Frank J

      Jan 26th, 2009

      Whatever it takes to get a buzz. :)

  9. Susie

    Jan 26th, 2009

    I get a laugh out of everything.. keeps me young! I know.. it’s health, but not a single 20-30 yo I know will abide by it!

    I am referencing it in a post!

    • Frank J

      Jan 26th, 2009

      Susie,

      I am glad I am in my 40’s and I don’t need to worry about this.

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  11. Gary Viray

    Jan 26th, 2009

    Interesting study and intriguing too. Thanks for sharing.

    • Frank J

      Jan 27th, 2009

      Gary,

      It’s interesting, but why tell us now?

  12. buck

    Feb 14th, 2009

    How do I get those teens to stop..this did not convince them my friend..you want to come over and give saskawtch and his friend a little chat up?

    • Frank J

      Feb 15th, 2009

      That would be your department sir :)

  13. Kikolani

    Apr 2nd, 2009

    I kind of thought you were going to take a technical angle at this, about how going to all of the sites to “inspire” the act is harmful for your pc health. I didn’t know it was an actual health risk. I wonder what the difference is between the activities? Maybe one doesn’t give you the cardio/exercise benefits that the other does?

    ~ Kristi

    • Frank J

      Apr 2nd, 2009

      Kristi,

      If I was to get technical than it would have bored everyone. I just find it amazing how science always tells us something that is bad way too late!

  14. tryme646

    Jun 28th, 2009

    These test results are faulty! They have know way of knowing who did or did not masterbate truely. Who in there right mind is going to admit that they masturbate to the public for the sake of a survey? And then if they dont? whos going to hook the participants to a lie detector and give them the third degree for the truth? the rule of thumb is as the old joke goes if your not masterbating your LYING!

    • Frank J

      Jun 28th, 2009

      I am not the one stating the facts, but just sharing…

  15. Hamming

    Jul 26th, 2009

    This is my first time hearing that masturbation is dangerous. However, it’s too late for me coz I am more than 30 now. (How sad!)

    PS. How can masturbation be in your tech blog? Just kidding. ;)

    • Frank J

      Jul 27th, 2009

      Hamming,

      We do write about health and science. It’s good to mix it up a little.