More Danish men have a hard time getting it up

Between 1999 and 2013, the number of Danish men aged 20-39 who take potency pills nearly tripled and more Danish men of all ages are receiving treatment for impotency than ever before.

More Danish men have a hard time getting it up
For many men, impotency can be a warning sign of something more serious. Photo: Colourbox
Metroxpress reports that due to too little exercise, too much smoking and unhealthy eating habits, potency pills are selling at a record pace in 2014. Some 4.3 million dosages of potency drugs were sold through the first three quarters of this year, more than were sold in all of 2013. 
And the problem is particularly affecting younger men. According to numbers from the Danish State Serum Institute, in 1999 just 1,838 men aged 20-39 took pills like Viagra, but by 2013 that number had risen to 4,908. 
Astrid Højgaard of Aalborg University’s sexology department said that difficulty rising to the occasion is often a sign of more serious health issues, especially among middle-aged men. 
“We have more men in the 30-50 age group coming in with potency issues and with them it is usually a warning sign that they may later develop cardiovascular problems,” Højgaard told Metroxpress. 
Højgaard said that diabetics are particularly susceptible to impotency, and with the national diabetes registry showing that the number of diabetics in Denmark has doubled over the past ten years, it stands to reason that the impotency problems would follow. 
Signe Hasseriis, a counsellor at The Danish Diabetes Association (Diabetesforeningen), said that the real number of men who have a hard time getting erections could be even higher because it is such a taboo subject.
“The most important thing is that they begin to talk about it. There is no reason to be ashamed, because they are not alone,” Hasseris told Metroxpress.

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New Year’s Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark

The number of people treated for fireworks-related injuries on New Year's Eve in Denmark has bounced back to normal levels, with 16 people treated for eye injuries after the celebrations.

New Year's Eve injury rate bounces back to normal in Denmark
Fireworks led to 16 eye injuries on New Year's Eve. Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

This is up from the unusually low 12 people who were treated for eye injuries during and after the celebrations last year. Two of this year’s injuries are sufficiently severe that the injured are expected to lose their sight completely or partially.

“After a very quiet evening last year, it is back to a normal, average level,” Ulrik Correll Christensen, head doctor at the ophthalmology department at Rigshospitalet, told the country’s Ritzau newswire. “It is a completely extraordinary situation at the eye departments on New Year’s Eve. It is not at all something we see on a daily basis.” 

Christensen has tallied up reports from all of Denmark’s eye units, including the major ones in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense and Næstved. 

He said that 15 out of the 16 cases had not worn safety goggles, two thirds were between ten and thirty years old. 

“The most important thing is to follow the advice when firing fireworks. Wear safety goggles and keep a good distance,” he said. 

The number of ambulance call outs on New Year’s Eve is also back to normal, with 1,188 emergency vehicles sent out, compared to 875 last year. 

In the Capital Region of Copenhagen, there were 44 call-outs were related to fireworks, of which 16 were for hand injuries and 14 for eye injuries.