Sex is often associated with stress relief and cardiovascular health. There are also many other, smaller-scale health benefits that are believed to come from the neurotransmitters released during the deed. Now, before you go jumping into bed for health's sake, there is one important point you should understand. "When you say, does sexual activity improve health? You have to realize that healthier people tend to have more sex," says Dr. Mohit Khera, an associate professor of urology at Baylor College of Medicine. Many medical professionals actually look at a man's down-there function as an indicator of his overall health, especially his cardiovascular health. So, there is a bit of uncertainty regarding whether sex makes men healthier or if men who are having a lot of sex already possess the supposed health benefits. Now that you're aware of this cause-effect conundrum, read on to see what how more time between the sheets might do you some good.
It's true that the sex is exercise but it's no interval workout, or even a light jog – you only burn about 5 calories per minute. Sex is often associated with heart health because the blood vessels in the penis are the smallest in the body. That means trouble below the belt can hint at bigger cardiovascular issues. Research out of Australia found that men over the age of 45 with severe erectile dysfunction and no previous cardiovascular disease were 60 percent more likely to go to the hospital for coronary heart disease and nearly twice as likely to die in the three-year study period. So sex for heart health is a bit of an exaggerated claim, but the reverse really matters.
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