Commenting on a review article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on erectile dysfunction, FFCMH Director, Professor Gary Wittert told the MJA that “there are two questions that a GP should never miss asking every man who comes for a consult – one is about erectile dysfunction and the other is about lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)” such as getting up at night to pass urine. This is because they are both very common across age groups. things that bother men enormously and they are both very important markers of underlying systemic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and depression, as well as obstructive sleep apnoea. It is not just a prostate or an age-related matter.
Asking men these questions creates an invaluable opportunity to have discussions about their health and healthy lifestyle importantly that may reduce their risk of, or event prevent these serious condition all together.
The article may be read in full here