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Erectile dysfunction quiz identifies high CHD risk

Asking about erectile dysfunction is a simple method to screen men with diabetes for complications, research shows.

A simple one-question test for the problem identified men whose 10-year cardiovascular risk was 5.5 percentage points higher than those not affected.

Men with erectile dysfunction also had more cardiovascular and diabetic complications.

The research suggests that using the link between erectile dysfunction and CHD can identify men with raised cardiovascular risk without the need for time-consuming assessments.

In the Dutch study of 1,675 men, 41.3 per cent were diagnosed with erectile dysfunction. As well as increased CHD risk, blood pressure and HbA1c were also higher in these men.

Professor Guy Rutten, a researcher on the study and professor of general practice at the Julius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care in Utrecht, said: 'Time-consuming questionnaires may not be necessary. Asking about erectile dysfunction identifies patients at high cardiovascular risk.'

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