By 2030, the average life expectancy in the UK is forecast to rise to the late eighties.
As we live increasingly longer , there is a corresponding amount of advice on how to live the best life possible.
All things ‘lifestyle’ are big business, with dietary, fitness and products and advice widely available, and the term ‘wellbeing’ cropping up frequently – all in the name of ‘revealing’ how best to live a long life.
But there may be one thing above others which ups your chances of getting that telegram off whoever happens to be on the throne.
The thing is, it’s quite a big sacrifice.
At least, depending on what your attitude towards sex is.
Because it’s not MORE sex which scientists are prescribing as the secret to a long life. Nor is it even less sex- but NO sex. Literally, not a sausage.
The link between celibacy and longevity has been widely researched, and the findings from the University of Sheffield (as reported in The New Scotsman ) indicate shunning sex is more conducive to a longer life than being sexually active.
It’s apparently why nuns and ‘spinsters’ tend to outlive those who have regular sex (though admittedly there exceptions such as Hugh Heffner).
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?” Read in full