Brazilian Health Minister Jose Gomes Temporao Monday recommended that Brazilians have sex up to five times a week as a way to prevent chronic health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular trouble.
The minister gave the advice as he launched a campaign to prevent high blood pressure, which afflicts a quarter of Brazil’s 190-million strong population.
“Dancing, having sex, keeping weight under control, changing dietary habits, doing physical exercise” all help keep blood pressure down, he said.
He added that he believed there was a health “time bomb” ticking in Brazil, which within 20 years could see a “gigantic percentage” of the population suffering chronic illnesses, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
According to Brazilian authorities, the problem of high blood pressure is growing among Brazilians. A study by the Health Ministry that conducted telephone interviews of 54,000 people, showed the proportion of Brazilians who say their blood pressure is 140/90 or above rose from 21.5 percent in 2006 to 24.4 percent now.
At a press conference, Gomes Temporao called upon Brazilians to eat more fruit, vegetables and legumes and to get exercise, including sex.
‘It’s not a joke, I’m serious. Getting physical exercise regularly also means having sex, obviously protected sex,’ the minister said, while safeguarding the ministry’s insistence on safe sex to prevent the spread of HIV.
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