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linked to love of chocolate
From correspondents in London
November 15, 2004
have compared chocolate to sex for decades. Now doctors have
discovered a scientific link between the two.
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.
has found men who are sexually promiscuous when they are young
could be increasing their risk of contracting prostate cancer
later in life.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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.
chocolate could be particularly medicinal for women who shun
sex because they are suffering from premenstrual tension.
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
also looked at smoking and coffee consumption, but found no
links with sexual enjoyment. From The Sunday Times of London.
This report appears on NEWS.com.au.