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Men’s sex problems linked to poor health

Four in 10 of the men who have called a telephone help line to receive advice about erectile dysfunction also suffer from basic health problems, according to the Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health, which has been operating the phone line for the past 10 years. Of the male callers who reported a reduced sex drive or ejaculation problems, 18 percent said they also had health problems and 8 percent psychological problems. Experts at the center noted that erectile dysfunction can be the first symptom of diabetes (in 5 to 10 percent of cases), of heart disease (in 5 to 20 percent of cases) and even of neurological ailments such as multiple sclerosis (in 2 to 7 percent of cases). More than 150,000 Greeks have logged on to the center’s website, www.imop.gr, for information about sexual problems.