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Some Risk Factors Modifiable for Erectile Dysfunction

About 8 percent of men over age 40 report complete erectile dysfunction but some risk factors may be modifiable

MONDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Risks associated with erectile dysfunction in men over 40 without prostate cancer or a chronic disease include urinary disorders and selected medications for depression and hypertension, which may be potentially modifiable factors, researchers report in the August issue of the Journal of Urology.

Mildred Francis, of Social & Scientific Systems Inc., of Silver Spring, Md., and colleagues analyzed the prevalence and causes associated with erectile dysfunction in 1,370 men between the ages of 40 and 85 (mean age 54.4) who took part in the 2001-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

The self-reported rate of complete erectile dysfunction was 8.1 percent in men without a history of prostate cancer or chronic disease. Factors associated with complete erectile dysfunction were hypertension with selective medication therapy, diabetes, selected anti-depressant medications, and former cigarette smoking, but not race/ethnicity, cardiovascular disease history or hypertension without drug therapy.

"We found that one of every 12 middle-aged-to-older community dwelling men self-reports complete erectile dysfunction and that potentially modifiable factors are associated with this disorder," the authors write. "Men with obstructive urinary symptoms had a twofold increase in the odds of prevalent complete erectile dysfunction compared to those without such symptoms, using fully adjusted models."

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