One of the leading causes of death in the United States for both men and women is heart disease. This includes everything from heart attacks to congestive heart failure and there are any number of causes and contributing factors. There are also plenty of preventative measures that people can use in order to improve their heart health, such as to stop smoking, to exercise, regulating blood pressure, and to maintain a healthy weight. However, one thing people might not necessarily associate with heart disease is sex.
While WebMD mentions all of the standard causes of cardiovascular health issues, sex is certainly not on the list. However, according to a new study which was published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, for older men, great sex has a direct correlation to heart disease.
Apparently, older men who are in sexually active relationships are more at risk than women and younger men of having heart problems. For these men, if they are having sex more than once a week and the sex is highly enjoyable, there is a greater likelihood of such problems as stroke, heart attacks, and other cardiovascular events that can be a health risk.
According to CNN, the study looked at 2,204 individuals who had signed up for the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project. Both women and men between the ages of 57 and 85 who were in relationships were asked about their sex lives as well as their satisfaction in terms of their sexual relationships, how often sex occurred and their overall health status in 2005. Five years later, that same group was asked the same questions. Each person’s cardiovascular health was also recorded both times, everything from heart rate and blood pressure were monitored and any incidents of heart disease were also included.
Based on the findings from the study it became clear that older men who have a satisfying sex life and who have sex more than once a week are much more likely to have a cardiovascular incident. Older men who have sex three times or less in a month and whose sexual encounters are less than stellar did not see in an increase in heart disease. For women, however, the results were quite different. Older women who were more sexually active and whose encounters were described as great were more likely to have better heart health. Essentially while older men were more at risk for heart disease and other cardiovascular problems when they have an active and satisfying sex life, women benefited from that same sex life.
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By Dorothea James