An Active Sex Life Affects Hearts Differently
Have an active sex life? That could be good or bad for your heart, depending on your gender. Researchers first studied 2,204 people at ages 57 to 85, and again five years later. The men who had sex at least once a week were nearly twice as likely as those who were sexually inactive to experience a heart attack or other heart problem during those five years. Frequency of sex didn’t raise the risk for women. Instead, women who were happy with their sex lives were less likely to have high blood pressure later. Men may exert themselves too much during sex, whereas sex might act as a stress-reliever for women, researchers say.
Source: Journal of Health and Social Behavior, published online Sept. 6, 2016