More Sex. Less Coronaries.
Not only did the latest research from the ongoing Massachusetts Male Aging Study show that regular sexual activity* was associated with a lower risk of heart disease (heart attacks and angina) in men but it also gave medical news sources and bloggers an excuse to use provocative pictures of scantily clad couples engaged in simulated not quite near-soft-core porn sexual activity as illustrations for their articles.
“Of the 1,165 men free of [heart disease] at baseline, the age-adjusted [heart disease] incidence rate for moderate/complete ED [erectile disorder] and none/minimal ED was 17.9/1,000 person-years and 12.5/1,000 person-years, respectively. In multivariate models adjusted for age, covariates, ED, and the Framingham risk score, a low frequency of sexual activity (once a month or less vs ≥2 times weekly) was associated with increased risk of [heart disease]“
I.e. even though ED itself is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and men with ED are expected to have lower rates of sexual activity, this study found that increased sexual activity was associated with a lower rate of heart disease whether they had ED or not.
*Requires a partner.