It seems to be quite right what ancient believers used to say about the place where love is placed. As matter of fact, accordding to a University of Pennsylvania's reasearch, making love at least twice a week, can reduce heart disease in men by half, study reveals
Read more in the Daily Mail By Pat Hagan
Men don't usually need an excuse to indulge in a spot of passion.
But if they did, here's one that sounds more convincing than most - making love is good for their hearts, it seems.
Men who have sex at least twice a week can almost halve their risk of heart disease, according to research.
Healthy love life: Sex twice a week can reduce the risk of heart disease in men
Those who make love regularly are apparently up to 45 per cent less likely to develop life-threatening heart conditions than men whose sexual encounters are limited to just once a month or less.
The study, of more than 1,000 men, shows sex appears to have a protective effect on the male heart but did not examine whether women benefit too.
Now the American researchers are calling for doctors to 'screen' men for sexual activity when assessing their risk of heart disease.
The benefits of love-making could be due to both the physical and emotional effects on the body, they said.
'Men with the desire for frequent sexual activity and who are able to engage in it are likely to be healthier,' the scientists told the American Journal of Cardiology.
'But sex in some forms has a physical activity component that might directly serve to protect cardiovascular health.
'Also, men who have frequent sex might be more likely to be in a supportive intimate relationship.
'This might improve health through stress reduction and social support.'
The scientists at the New England Research Institute, based in Massachusetts, spent 16 years tracking the sexual activity of men aged between 40 and 70.
Each of the volunteers was quizzed at regular intervals about how often they had sex.
They were then checked for signs of heart disease. Other risk factors, such as age, weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, were also taken into account.
Although sex has long been regarded as good for both physical and mental health, there has been little scientific evidence of benefits on major illnesses such as heart disease until now.
An earlier study at the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. showed men who ejaculated through sex or masturbation at least five times a week are much less likely to develop prostate cancer.
And having sex once or twice a week during the winter months can boost the immune system and reduce the chances of catching colds and flu, according to scientists at Wilkes University, Pennsylvania.
It boosts levels of a chemical called immunoglobulin A 6, which binds to organisms that invade the body and then activates the immune system to destroy them.
Regular intercourse can even boost a woman's sense of smell by triggering the release of a hormone called prolactin, researchers at Canada's Calgary University found.
This may be a mechanism to help mothers bond with their new babies.
Every year, around 270,000 people in Britain suffer a heart attack, and coronary disease remains the nation's biggest killer.Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1241692/Having-sex-twice-week-reduce-heart-disease-men-half-study-reveals.html#ixzz0cBbw5tIl