Have Sex, Lower Blood Pressure

RIO DE JANEIRO -- If you've ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure, your doctor has probably relayed a list to you of how to lower blood pressure: eat less salt, reduce stress, and get some exercise. But what about sex and blood pressure? Sex is a form of exercise, after all. And Brazil's health minister has already declared sex a remedy for the nation's high-blood-pressure problem.

Minister Jose Temporao says adults should be exercising more to help keep their blood pressure down -- and he says a good cardiovascular workout includes sex, "always with protection, obviously."

Temporao also recommends dancing, a healthy diet and regular blood-pressure checks.

The minister made the comments Monday while launching a national campaign against high blood pressure in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia.

The Health Ministry says that 21.5 percent of Brazilians had high blood pressure in 2006. That jumped to 24.4 percent in 2009.

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