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Study Links Sexual Frequency and Homocysteine Levels
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Having sex more frequently has been associated with lower levels of serum homocysteine, experts report in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Homocysteine is an amino acid derived largely from meat consumption. High levels of homocysteine can increase one's risk for heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Scientists looked at data from 2,267 adults (average age 36) in the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) in the United States. Forty-four percent of the participants were men. All the participants had completed a sexual health questionnaire and had homocysteine levels measured.
The research team found that those who had sex less frequently tended to have higher levels of homocysteine. This was especially true for men, possibly because homocysteine could lead to damage in penile blood vessels that are essential for erections, the authors said.
Learn more about the study here.