Sexy at 60and 70and 80

I may be an old-timer, but last I checked, bones didn't just break. I've never come across a patient whose wrist snapped while he was watching TV or whose finger shattered while he was pointing out a beautiful woman to a buddy. It doesn't work that way. Something has to cause your bone to break, and that something is typically a fall.

I'm not suggesting that you should ignore your bone health. What I am suggesting is that focusing on holding on to every shred of bone mass isn't the most important factor when it comes to avoiding those debilitating breaks. It's avoiding the fall to begin with that's the key - and the best way to do that is by maintaining healthy muscles.

A recent study out of Sweden proves just that. When researchers studied the health records of 2,205 over a period of 35 years, they found a direct relationship between the level of activity and the number of fractures (higher activity equaled fewer fractures). This was especially true of hip fractures. In fact, sedentary men were one and a half times more likely to suffer from a broken bone in general, and two and a half times more likely to suffer from a broken hip, specifically.

It makes sense: Not only does staying active increase your skeletal strength, it also increases your muscle mass and your balance. All of these factors add up to being more steady on your feet - and greatly reducing the chance of a break to begin with.

If you've been a reader of mine for any length of time, you know that I'm not about to tell you to make the gym your home away from home. But sitting in front of the boob tube all day long like a useless lump of clay isn't any better. Go for a walk, take up an active hobby like tennis or golf, or better yet, you could engage in my all-time favorite form of exercise.

Seniors speak out about sex

According to study recently published in New England Journal of Medicine, plenty of old fogies like me are getting a good portion of our exercise right in the comfort of our own bedrooms. In what's dramatically being called the most comprehensive sex study ever among the older population, researchers were shocked to discover that senior citizens do more than their fare share of hanky panky.

What's so surprising about that? Do they think our sex organs shrivel up and die once we turn 60?

This was a survey-based study, so the results may or may not be accurate. (The male ego isn't something that shrivels up and goes away once you reach a certain age, either.) Still, the results make for an interesting read.

Out of the 3,005 people between the ages of 57 and 85 who were surveyed, here's what the researchers found

  • Of those between the ages of 57 and 64, 73% were still sexually active; between the ages of 65 and 74, 53% were still sexually active; and between the ages of 75 and 85, 26% were still sexually active.
  • Of those who reported being sexually active, most said they had sex three to four times a month.
  • More than half on those between 57 and 75 years old still gave or received oral sex, and one third of those between 75 and 85 years old still gave or received oral sex.
  • Men were more likely to report being sexually active than women. (This could be because women are more likely to outlive men.)

Stacy Tessler Lindau, the lead researcher of the study, said, "Individuals who remain sexually active gain the benefit of the physical exercise that comes with sex"

Which brings me back to my original point. If you're looking for a way to increase your physical activity, I can't think of a better way to do it.