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People ready to die for sex

Fewer than half of people are prepared to become celibate if it means they can live to 100, according to a survey by Bupa.

The Ipsos Mori research found that just 40 per cent of 1,003 people questioned would sacrifice sex to prolong their lives.

Forty-eight per cent of women and 42 per cent of men say they would sacrifice travelling if it ensured they lived to 100.

The poll found that people aspire to live to 85 on average and 49 per cent believe that scientists should continue to keep trying to prolong lifespan.

Sixty-four per cent think it is more important to live sensibly and prolong your life than live fast and die young.

The research was commissioned for a Bupa health debate which took place at the Royal College of Physicians in London last week.

Medical director Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen says: “Britain is facing an ageing timebomb, with major challenges presented by retirement, the desire to live longer and the increasing burden of caring for older people.

“However, can society cope, with only one in three believing that an ageing population brings more benefits than problems?”

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