The Health News USA May 7 2018

According to a new poll conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation that explored how older adults from age 65-80 might seek help or advice for sexual problems, and if they’ve talked with their doctors about their sexual health. One-thousand adults responded to the poll. The results surprisingly   state but not many of either half — the older Americans who are having sex and the ones who aren’t are speaking about it with their partners or their doctors.

It’s been discovered that half of older Americans over sixty five who are in a relationship are sexually active. But surprisingly not many of either half — the older Americans who are having sex and the ones who aren’t are speaking about it with their partners or their doctors. That’s according to a new poll conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation that explored how older adults from age sixty five to eighty might seek help or advice for sexual problems, and if they’ve talked with their doctors about their sexual health. One thousand adults responded to the poll. This is considered to be a major problem because many older adults take over-the-counter supplements that might interact with their prescription medications. Around twenty percent of older men and three percent of older women reported taking medications or supplements to improve sexual function in the past two years.

Many of these supplements may be prescription medication but others are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Erica Solway, co-associate director of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging said:  “Non-prescription supplements can interact with other medications so providers should know about that.”
According to the poll results, whether or not older adults are sexually active, nearly two-thirds say they’re interested in sex while more than half say sex is important to their quality of life.

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