I owe every reader a bit of an apology.  I have suggested running, walking, swimming, resistance training, jumping rope…even trampolines as an activity to boost heart rate.  I was thinking about them as exercise.  Then, today as I was driving I was thinking about exercise, and substituted the word ‘activity.’  Then, I asked myself a simple question:

What activities raise raise the heart rate?

First answer that popped into my mind: Sex.  Yep.  Sex.  (C’mon, I’m a guy.) Wait, can diabetics have sex?  Well, yeah.  But, if you have to ask, check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for sexual activity.  Our friends at the American Diabetes Association have written about it and there is even a book available from them.  (No, I don’t get a thing and I am not endorsing, just letting you know it’s there.)

I never thought about how sex can be an activity/exercise before, and for that I owe you all an apology.

First, do you burn calories while having sex?  How can you not?  But, don’t take my word for it.  A few articles about the burned calories from The Date Report, Women’s Day, Pacific Standard, and finally Modern Mom.  All of the articles seem to agree that between 150 and 300 calories are burned during sex – it all depends on how intense it is and the positions utilized.  Wait – too much information.  Look at the articles, though, it’s kind of fascinating.

So, sex as your basic activity five days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes…that or walking.  Which would you choose? That’s not a trick question, by the way.  And, the answer would be a no-brainer for me in my younger days.

Wait…exercise and sex.  Oh, man, could it get any better to have two work-out/activity sessions in a day?  Think about it. Think about the advantages.  It’s kind like a twofer or a BOGO, right?  Could it happen two or three days?  Maybe.

Look, in order to fight your War On Diabetes effectively, you should be happy.  And, while there are things that make me happy in life like cute puppies and kittens, if I had to choose, I’d go for the sex.  You might be surprised at the number of positive things that happen as a result of having sex…read this.

Sex as at least one of your physical activities is not a bad idea…in fact, I would think that most of you would applaud it, right?

You need to use every weapon in your arsenal when fighting your War On Diabetes.  There is no reason why having sex shouldn’t be one of those weapons.  Yes, I know when your glucose is high, your desire for sex may not exist, but as you get your glucose into the normal levels, that desire may well return.  Don’t deny yourself the pleasure with your loved one.

Sex raises the heart beat and burns calories – just like other forms of activity.  But, if I get to choose…

“Hey, Honey, I just read this blog and it said that to fight Diabetes or Prediabetes, we should be having sex five days a week.”  No…no…no.  Do not use this blog in that manner. I really don’t want to get any nasty notes from folks.   Please use the information in this blog wisely and responsibly.  (But, did you see where having sex standing up burns 600 calories? I’m just saying.)

Check with your doctor if you have questions.  Don’t be embarrassed – they have probably heard all kinds of far more embarrassing questions.  Don’t be embarrassed if you want to live a normal, healthy life; it will make your War on Diabetes so much easier.

As always, thank you for reading.  (I’m thinking I should get a bunch of likes for this post!)


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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2 comments on “SEX
  1. Hah! Well the title is attention getting, but very true, Phil. Life is too short!

    • So nice to hear from you. I hope you are getting settled quickly – nothing quite like moving, is there? Looking forward to reading your wonderful insights into life in the desert.

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