Castrated Men Live May Live Longer
But Is It Worth It?
Some people would do anything for a few extra years of life. And I mean anything. A new study of Korean eunuchs has found that castrated men may live nearly 20 years longer than the rest of us.
A study of men who had their testicles removed while living in the royal court of a Korean dynasty found that they lived to an average age of 70, over 15 years longer than "intact" men of the time.
Conducted by researchers at Korea University and Inha University, the study looked at eunuchs living in the Chosun dynasty between 1392 and 1910.
Of the 81 studied, three lived beyond 100 years old -- a rate 130 times today's chance of living to such an old age.
Past studies have supported the idea that testosterone contributes to a long-term weakening of the immune system and that other sex hormones put stress on the cardiovascular system. Hence the chop chop.
"Our study supports the idea that male sex hormones decrease the lifespan of men," wrote Kyung-Jin Min, the study's lead author and an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Inha.
However, researchers caution against suddenly becoming a eunuch. Not only would your sex life be destroyed, but chopping off your nuts for a couple extra years of life won't make those years any better. Quality over quantity, people.
Otherwise, if you're too scared to castrate yourself, this fish will do it for you.