Lots of sex increases survival rates after a heart attack

Here’s some great news from the world of health – having lots of sex can help save your life. And there's science to back it up.

Extensive research conducted by a university in Israel on the health of post-heart attack victims, showed those who were having the most sex had the greatest long term survival rates.

According to the research findings that were published in the New York Post, the 1,120 male and female participants, all 65 or younger at the time of their first heart attack in 1992 or 1993, were tracked by researchers through to 2015.

By then, 524 of them had died.

Of the survivors, those who had sex multiple times a week were 27% less likely to die during the study period. Those who got it on once a week were 12% less likely to die, and those who had sex infrequently were 8% less likely to die.

Post-heart attack intercourse was even more vital for a longer life, researchers found.

According to research results from the Tel Aviv University study, it’s possible frequent sex leads to biological changes that help people live longer, a Reuters report revealed. Sex is associated with longer caps on the end of chromosomes, known as telomeres, that tend to shrink with age and in response to stress, the study team wrote. Longer telomeres are associated with longer life.

Regular sex is also linked to higher levels of the hormone testosterone in men and women, the research added. Low testosterone is associated with both an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and low sexual desire - so people who have more sex may also have a lower risk of heart problems.

Age, health and relationship status were also predictive death rate factors.

“Not surprisingly, the people who were sexually active were more likely to be in a relationship, were younger and generally healthier,” Andrew Steptoe, head of University College London’s Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health, told Reuters.

But before you go hurtling yourself back into the sack in order to help stave off a heart attack, be mindful of the following advice:

“Sexual activity is often part of a close and loving relationship as people age, but the relationship is probably more important than the sex,” Steptoe, who wasn’t involved in the study, said by email. “Although regular sex is part of healthy aging, people should not feel that they ‘ought’ to have sex in order to try to live longer,” Reuters reported.

Still, might be fun to try.

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