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More Sex, Less Stress

To help manage stress, Dr. Oz prescribes more frequent sex and consistent exercise

Sex seems to have similar benefits. In a recent animal study, a single sexual experience caused a short-term surge of cortisol, just as exercise does. But multiple sexual experiences, daily over two weeks, reduced the release of cortisol, increased neurogenesis, and decreased anxiety-like behavior.

So look for small but consistent ways to reduce stress. I wouldn't miss my morning yoga session, for instance. Just seven minutes of exercise to start the day — leaving the night free for romance — is a small investment that yields a very healthy payback.

Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon and host of The Dr. Oz Show.

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Stressed in the USA

Couple dancing-Dr. Oz on sex reducing stress

Exercise, such as dancing, can combat stress. — Masterfile/Radius/Corbis

  • 40% of Americans say they lie awake at night because of stress
  • 52% of Americans are worried about their health
  • 70% of Americans are stressed about work
  • 76% of boomers are worried about money
  • $300 BILLION: The annual cost to businesses due to employee stress

Sources for stress statistics: American Psychological Association and American Institute of Stress.

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