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Libido linked to love of Chocolate

Information Update
from Dr. Andrew D. Atwood, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

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Dr. Atwood

Libido linked to love of chocolate
From correspondents in London
November 15, 2004

Women have compared chocolate to sex for decades. Now doctors have discovered a scientific link between the two.

According to Italian researchers, women who eat chocolate regularly had the highest levels of desire, arousal and satisfaction from sex. But for men, the findings of a British study were not so good.

Research has found men who are sexually promiscuous when they are young could be increasing their risk of contracting prostate cancer later in life.

The study suggests sex with lots of partners increases the risk of exposure to human papilloma virus (HPV) and that such infections may kick-start the chain of genetic mutations that lead to cancer, often decades later.

HPV is already linked to cervical cancer in women, but the suggestion that it might also cause prostate cancer in men is new. If confirmed, it could explain why rates of the disease have surged in the Western world.

“HPV infects many women in their late teens and early 20s.” said Tim Oliver, professor of medical oncology at the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. “WE know this is linked to cervical cancer later in life and now we’re seeing that in men it also lays the seeds for prostate cancer.”

Dr. Oliver’s study follows research from Sweden that found men with high levels of antibodies the HPV 33 strain of the virus – the same one involved in cervical cancer – were more likely to develop prostate cancer. In the chocolate/sex study, urologists from Milan’s San Raffaele hospital questioned 163 women about their consumption of chocolate and their sexual fulfillment.

“Women who have a daily intake of chocolate showed higher levels of desire than women who did not have this habit,” the study found. “Chocolate can have a positive physiological impact on a woman’s sexuality.”

Dr. Andrea Salonia, author of the study – dunded by a university, not by the confectionery industry – said women who had a low libido could become more amorous after eating chocolate.

She believes chocolate could be particularly medicinal for women who shun sex because they are suffering from premenstrual tension.

“Chocolate is not like a food, it’s like a drug,” Dr. Salonia said. “Women who suffer mood swings as a result of their menstrual cycle may also suffer a dip in their sexual function. I strongly believe eating chocolate may improve their sexual function.”

The research also looked at smoking and coffee consumption, but found no links with sexual enjoyment. From The Sunday Times of London.

The Australian
This report appears on NEWS.com.au.

Best wishes,
Dr. Atwood

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