Monday, February 26, 2007

Sexual Frequency Health Benefits

Just read a short article by Al Sears, M.D., author of the book, The Doctor’s Heart Cure.

He writes that a very credible study associating overall health and sexual frequency comes from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the mortality of about 1,000 middle-aged men was tracked over the course of a decade.

After 10 years, the British Medical Journal revealed that men who reported the highest frequency of orgasm enjoyed a death rate 50 percent lower than the others.

Also in a 2001 follow-up to the Queens University study, they found the following:

1. Reduced risk of heart disease: They found that by having sex three or more times per week, men lowered their risk of heart attack or stroke by 50 percent.

2. Weight loss: A vigorous session of sex is about the same as running 15 minutes or playing a game of tennis. During sex, your pulse rate rises from about 70 beats per minute to 150, about what you’d get from a vigorous workout at the gym.

3. Pain relief: Just before orgasm, the level of the hormone oxytocin surges to five times its normal level. This, in turn, releases endorphins, which alleviate the pain of everything from migraine headaches to arthritis. In women, sex stimulates the production of estrogen, which can reduce the pain of PMS.

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