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BBC presenter Stephen Nolan shocked his telly audience by candidly admitting on air that he does not have as many erections since piling on the pounds.

BBC presenter Stephen Nolan shocked his telly audience by candidly admitting on air that he does not have as many erections since piling on the pounds.

Dr Ian Banks, President of the European Men's Health Forum: "What is going on in the penis is very much indicative of what is happening in the heart."

Dr Ian Banks, President of the European Men's Health Forum: "What is going on in the penis is very much indicative of what is happening in the heart."

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BBC presenter Stephen Nolan shocked his telly audience by candidly admitting on air that he does not have as many erections since piling on the pounds.

Days after Stephen Nolan made his shock TV confession about his weight related manhood troubles, a leading men's health expert has issued a stark general warning about the male taboo subject.

Dr Ian Banks says men suffering from erectile dysfunction are also likely to be suffering heart problems and should visit their GP rather than buying pills online.

"We used to think erectile dysfunction was all in the head when it's actually what is going on between the legs, and more importantly, the rest of the body," said Dr Banks, President of European Men's Health Forum (EMHF) and author of the BBC book The Trouble With Men.

"The significance of erectile dysfunction is the overall health of the man. What is going on in the penis is very much indicative of what is happening in the heart.

"If a man is experiencing difficulty maintaining an erection, it is also very likely there are cardiovascular problems."

Dr Banks said that impotency can be a precursor to a number of conditions, including dangerous fat imbalances in the blood stream, diabetes or high blood pressure."

He continued: "These happen to be the three conditions that contribute to the highest death rate amongst men.

"Erectile dysfunction will not kill you, although you might wish you were dead. What is really dangerous is what is going on elsewhere, so if a man is suffering from erectile dysfunction they really need to go to their GP."

Dr Banks said this is why it is essential not to resort to buying remedies over the internet.

"There isn't the same embarrassment about erectile dysfunction as there used to be and men are far more likely to go to the doctor about it," he explained.

"However, there are still men who buy drugs over the internet to deal with erectile dysfunction. Of course, there are dangers in using illicit drugs bought over the internet, but not going to the doctor and living with an undiagnosed condition, is more dangerous."

The comments come just days after BBC presenter Stephen Nolan shocked his telly audience by candidly admitting he does not have as many erections since piling on the pounds.


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