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For Men, Sex Twice a Week Slashes Risk of Heart Disease

Posted on Jan. 14, 2010, 6 a.m. in Cardio-Vascular Men's Health Sexual-Reproductive

Data from the Massachusetts Male Aging Study (US) suggests that men who have sex at least two times a week may cut their risks of heart disease by 50%.

New England Research Institute (Massachusetts, USA) researchers studied the role of sexual activity on cardiovascular disease (CVD).  Studying data from men participating in the Massachusetts Male Aging Study (USA), involving men ages 40 to 70 years, Susan A. Hall and colleagues examined sexual function variables (including erectile dysfunction) and the subsequent development of CVD.  Tracking the sexual activity of the men over a 16-year study period, the team found that a low frequency of sexual activity (once a month or less) was associated with increased risk of CVD, and that men who had sex twice a week or more were at 50% reduced risk of having a heart attack.

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Susan A. Hall, Rebecca Shackelton, Raymond C. Rosen, Andre B. Araujo. “Sexual Activity, Erectile Dysfunction, and Incident Cardiovascular Events.”  American Journal of Cardiology, 15 January 2010, Vol. 105, Issue 2, Pages 192-197.

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