Having sex at least twice a week can reduce a man's risk of serious heart disease by almost half, says a new study.
It included more than 1 000 men, aged 40 to 70, who had no history of heart disease and were followed for 16 years. Men who had sex twice a week were as much as 45% less likely to develop serious heart conditions than men who had sex less than once a month, CBS News reported.
The study appears in the American Journal of Cardiology. Women weren't part of the study, but experts believe the findings would be true for them too.
Sex could help heart health through its physical and emotional effects, said the researchers, CBS News reported. Sex can be good exercise and men who have regular sex are more likely to be in a healthy relationship that reduces stress and provides them with social support. - (HealthDay News, January 2010)