Expert says boomer lifestyle, including sex habits, is dangerous

Jim Bacon, author of Boomergeddon, recently sat down with CNN to discuss some of the habits of the baby boomer generation. He voiced his concerns that much of the lifestyle behaviors of the demographic, from their diets to their medications to their sex lives, put them at serious health risks.

"Boomers think of themselves as forever young, but they're aging physiologically faster than their parents' generation," Bacon told the news source. "What's happening to boomers, they're showing a lot of increases in chronic diseases. They haven't reached 75 or 80, but compared to the previous generations at the same age, they're showing more of the chronic diseases."

The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior found that only 28 percent of men in their 50s used condoms regularly during sex. This is compared to 53 percent of men in their 20s.

This is due, in part, to the fact that many baby boomers aren't concerned with pregnancy prevention. However, they are still susceptible to sexually transmitted infections.

Additionally, many baby boomers may feel that using condoms makes sex dry, according to the news source. If this is an issue, it would be safest to use a personal lubricant during sex, rather than forgoing the time-tested form of STD prevention that condoms represent.

"Older people generally are able to be more frank when they're talking about sex. I would encourage them to be frank about sex," Debby Herbenick, a research scientist at Indiana University, told the news source.

Condoms are one of the best ways to prevent the spread of STDs such as HIV, chlamydia and syphilis. Experts agree that using condoms every time you have sex can significantly reduce the likelihood of contracting one of these illnesses. It's also essential to be open and honest with your partner, and talk about sex in a comfortable and relaxed setting.

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