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Love after the age of forty prolongs longevity.

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

Antonio Giordano - Love after the age of forty prolongs longevity.

According to the analysis of records from the Japan Geriatrics Society, one of the most prestigious societies examining the lives of people over 65, love after "forty" would extend life and is good for health. It enhances and maintains cognitive functions while reviving love for living and keeping one "active". Dopamine, norepinephrine, and phenylethylamine are stimulated and permeate the body inducing positive physiological reactions and extending life spans when compared to individuals who have accepted to be “single”.

In reality, growing older does not render us "immune" to love. On the contrary, it is love that protects our brain and body from the advance of age." Thanks to circumstances that enable us to our forties in good shape, looked after, and with an adequate cultural background, we can reject the half measures of living that phase of life favouring the "courage to start again," making the expression "early retirement" from emotional life an old and obsolete cliché. Love that spans such a sensitive and significant age range has the capacity to generate the "ability to survive the wear and tear of time." Considering that love is a "natural medicine" that fills life, and extends it, the Observatory on the Elderly at the Catholic University of Rome explains how diseases have "less weight" on the lives of men and women aged 60/65 and beyond. They give emotional health the same importance of physical health and a healthy diet. If we take into account that, according to sound research, love is a true elixir of long life for those over 65 who are in love as in fact they live better and longer thanks to the psychophysical balance associated with hormone surge, as opposed to their widowed or single counterparts.

In the journal Gerontologist, American researcher Ruth Ray-Karpen of Wayne State University in Detroit attests that women, particularly in the old age group, are more active and curious about life than those of a century ago. They are more willing to start over by abandoning partnerships that have outlived their usefulness. Without a doubt, from this pro-active and upbeat point of view on life, love is not only the secret to longevity, but also has the ability to "renew an age group" of people who strive to remain informed, active, and curious, utilizing their time productively, especially with greater attention to the emotional and sentimental sphere.

Professor Antonio Giordano, M.D., Ph.D., is the creator and head of the Sbarro Health Research Organization, located at Temple University's College of Science and Technology in Philadelphia. Stay connected with him through his various social media platforms, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram, to receive the latest updates.

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