Men who take Viagra ‘twice as likely to suffer eyesight problems and go blind’ 0 93

BLOKES who take Viagra are almost twice as likely to suffer sight problems that can lead to blindness, research reveals.

US scientists analysed data on 213,000 men taking medication for erectile dysfunction.

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They found regular users of four common sex drugs – Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and Stendra – saw their risk of developing a serious eye condition jump by 85 per cent.

It includes retinal detachment, where patients experience floaters across their vision, and damaged blood supply to the optic nerve leaving sufferers with loss of sight.

Lead researcher Dr Mahyar Etminan, from the University of British Columbia, warned there is a “strong link” between three eye problems and the drugs.

And urged users to “seek medical attention” if they experience any changes in their vision.

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Experts fear the sex pills impact blood flow to the eye, triggering sight problems.

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain a stiffie.

Around five million Brits – 40 per cent of older blokes – are affected by the condition.

Causes can be psychological or physical, from stress and depression to conditions which affect blood flow, including heart disease and diabetes.

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The study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, looked at a group of drugs called phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors.

It includes Viagra and its generic equivalent, sildenafil.

Around 3.5 million prescriptions are handed out annually in the UK, while many more men buy it over the counter for about £4.

Dr Etminan added: “These medications address erectile dysfunction by improving blood flow, but we know that they can also hinder blood flow in other parts of the body.

“So although our study doesn’t prove cause-and-effect, there is a mechanism by which these medications could conceivably lead to these problems.

“The totality of the evidence points toward a strong link.”

The new research found those taking the sex pills had a 2.6 fold rise in the risks of serous retinal detachment, twice the chance of ischemic optic neuropathy, and 44 per cent rise in retinal vascular occlusion.

Although all three conditions are rare, they can trigger sight loss.

An MHRA spokesperson said: “Sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil and avanafil are important medicines for the management of erectile dysfunction, and use of these products is known to be associated with a risk of visual problems.

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“The study published in JAMA Ophthalmology confirms the known risk of certain visual problems which may rarely occur in regular users of these medicines.

“The product information for these medicines advises that if any sudden visual defect occurs, patients should stop taking the product and consult a doctor immediately.

“Patients can continue to use these products, but should discuss any concerns about their treatment with their doctor or pharmacist.”

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 47

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

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Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

My partner said he was on a work trip – but he was actually getting married and on his honeymoon 0 30

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry your partner ended your relationship in such a cruel way.

This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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Give yourself time and be kind to yourself. He put you down constantly, now you can start to build up your confidence.

I’d recommend seeing a counsellor to help you with this betrayal and am sending you my Counselling support pack.

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