A new study in The Lancet says doctors need to be more aggressive in questioning their patients about sex. According to the authors of the study, sexual problems are often related to serious health risks: “If a man comes in with erectile dysfunction, it can be the tip of the iceberg.”


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“Sex is a legitimate part of medicine, but it has largely been kept separate from the rest of medicine,” said Dr. Rosemary Basson, the paper’s lead author. Basson is based at the British Columbia Centre for Sexual Medicine in Vancouver.

Basson and her co-author, Dr. Willibrord Weijmar Schultz of the University Medical Centre in Groningen, the Netherlands, examined numerous medical databases looking for sexual dysfunctions in combination with diseases such as heart failure, diabetes, depression, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s. Many sexual problems were identified as possible red flags of underlying or imminent medical conditions.

“If a man comes in with erectile dysfunction, it can be the tip of the iceberg,” said Dr. Andrew McCullough, a sexual health expert at New York University Medical Center who was not connected to the paper.

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