"The schedule is not written in stone," Peter
explained. "But we do make love every day."
Michael Roizen, MD, would say that sex is keeping Kranz young.
In his best-selling book, RealAge -- Are You as Young as You Can Be?,
Roizen makes the case for the antiaging effects of sex after surveying the
available literature. "Having sex at least twice a week can make your
RealAge 1.6 years younger than if you had sex only once a week," Roizen
says. He defines 'real age' as "an estimation of your age in biologic
terms, not chronologic years."
Although Roizen's statistics are sketchy, he derives his
figures primarily from a study done in Caerphilly, Wales, and published in the
December 1997 British Medical Journal under the title, "Sex and
Death: Are They Related?" One of the few efforts to examine the
relationship between sex and mortality, the study found that men who reported
at least two orgasms a week at the time of the study had less than half the
risk of dying from various causes over 10 years of follow-up than those with a
lower frequency of orgasm. Drawing on the researchers' remark that the evidence
suggested a dose-response relationship -- meaning in this case that the more
orgasms a man had, the longer he lived -- Roizen concluded that someone like my
friend Peter, who has sex every day, could have a Real Age as much as 8 years
At first blush (and Peter's candor did make me blush), my
friend is a convincing example of Roizen's argument. He is youthful-looking,
energetic, and actively involved in many interests. Peter still works as a
developer of computer systems. He has had a steady, positive relationship with
his wife who, at 77 also, still commutes to Manhattan for her own job at a
major nonprofit institution.