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Brazilians told to have more sex to avoid illness

Want to stave off chronic illnesses? Apart from exercises, dance and having sex regularly - that's the unusual message from Brazil's Health Minister to his countrymen.

world Updated: Apr 27, 2010 11:49 IST

Want to stave off chronic illnesses? Apart from exercises, dance and having sex regularly - that's the unusual message from Brazil's Health Minister to his countrymen.

"People need to be active. A weekend football game must not be the only physical activity for a Brazilian. Adults need to do exercise: walk, dance and have safe sex," said Jose Gomes Temporao.

The Minister gave the advice as he launched a campaign to prevent high blood pressure, which afflicts nearly a quarter of Brazil's 190-million population, British newspaper 'The Daily Telegraph' reported.

Defending his promotion of sexual intercourse to the media, he said: "It's not a joke. It's serious. Having regular physical exercises also means sex, always with protection of course."

"Dancing, having sex, keeping weight under control, changing dietary habits, doing physical exercise all help keep blood pressure down."

The Minister 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 such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.