MSN Health - Shaving Frequently Linked to More Sex, Longer Life: A clean-shaven face may be the sign of a happy and healthy man. A new study suggests that men who don't shave daily have fewer orgasms and are more likely to suffer a stroke than stubble-free men. [...] One-fifth of the men who didn't shave daily were less likely to be married, had sex less often, and were more likely to smoke, have heart problems, and work in manual, blue-collar occupations than other men.
.... Well, all-righty, then!
I'm guessing that this means that women don't like their men unshaven, since it seems to correlate (somewhat weakly) with marital/relationship status.
Men who didn't shave every day were nearly 70% more likely to have suffered a stroke during the study than others. And that increase in risk did not go away after adjusting for other lifestyle factors known to affect stroke risk. Researchers say hormone levels may be at least one possible explanation behind the link between shaving and stroke risk. Low levels of testosterone and high levels of estrogen produce slower beard growth, and these hormones may also play a role in the development of heart disease and stroke.
Wait, that doesn't make sense. Lower testosterone levels and higher estrogen levels (to a point) tend to produce lower blood pressure and less heart disease. If those factors also mean that you shave less often because your beard doesn't grow as much, then wouldn't it also say that those who shave less often are healthier in that one aspect?
A puzzlement.Posted by iain at February 13, 2003 05:17 PM