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High Levels of Testosterone May Raise Heart Failure Risk in Men

For the study, researchers included almost four lakh men and women aged 40 to 75 years

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Men with genetic predisposition to high testosterone levels could be at increased risk of developing blood clots and heart failure, a study has found.
The study, led by City University of New York researchers, aimed to determine whether endogenous testosterone has a causal role in blood clots (thromboembolism), heart failure and heart attack (myocardial infarction).
They found endogenous testosterone was positively associated with thromboembolism, heart failure, and myocardial infarction in men.
The findings, published by The BMJ, can also have implications for men who take testosterone supplements to boost energy levels and sex drive, said Mary Schooling, Professor at the varsity.
Endogenous testosterone can be controlled with existing treatments and could be a modifiable risk factor for thromboembolism and heart failure, she noted.
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“We need to be thinking of new directions for reducing heart disease and this is one way of doing it,” Schooling was quoted as saying to The Guardian.
She pointed out that statins, which are used to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, have been found to lower testosterone levels.
“To protect men we should be looking at treatments and lifestyles which are more on the side of keeping testosterone lower rather than higher,” she said.
For the study, researchers included almost four lakh men and women aged 40 to 75 years.
The associations were found less obvious in women. (IANS)

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Men Initiate Sex 3 Times More Often Than Women, Says Study

The longer the relationship had lasted, the less often the couples had sex

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Men initiate sex more than three times as often as women do in a long-term, heterosexual relationship, says a study.

The researchers investigated what are the other factors which play a role for the frequency of intercourse in couples in long-term relationships.

The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, suggests that two factors are decisive in how often women take the initiative at all — their attitude towards casual sex and passion.

The researchers considered several factors in their study such as how happy people are in their relationship, how committed they feel to their partner, how intimate they are, how much they trust each other and the love between them.

“Passion in the relationship is of great importance for intercourse frequency,” said the study’s first author Trond Viggo Grontvedt from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

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“Passion is actually the only one of these factors that matter. We didn’t find any association between any of the other aspects and how often people have sex in couple relationships,” he added.

The study included 92 couples aged between 19 and 30. Relationships varied in length from one month to nine years, with an average of just under two years. The couples had sex two to three times a week on an average.

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The longer the relationship had lasted, the less often the couples had sex.

The study also revealed that desire for others reduces passion. “Strong sexual fantasies about others than the partner don’t mix well with passion in a relationship,” said Mons Bendixen, Associate Professor at NTNU. (IANS)