The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between body fat mass (BFM) and erectile dysfunction (ED) in Korean men. This study was a cross-sectional study using data on 208 men (the mean age=67.4±8.2). ED was diagnosed by the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF)-5 and body fat percentage (BF%) was quantified with bioelectrical impedance. BF% was divided into quintiles (quintile 1: ⩽20.5%, quintile 2: 20.6–23.2%, quintile 3: 23.3–25.8%, quintile 4: 25.9–28.8%, quintile 5: ⩾28.9%). Using subjects with quintile 3 of BF% as reference, the adjusted odds ratios of subjects with the lowest quintile of BF% and with the highest quintile were 9.29 (95% CI: 2.29–37.72) and 4.99 (95% CI: 1.37–18.09), respectively. This study showed that BFM and ED had a U-shaped relationship in Korean men. These findings suggest that not only obesity but also a low BFM may be a risk factor of ED in Asians.
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This work was supported by grants from the Korea Research Foundation (047-BM1028) and the Hallym University (HRF-2004-49).
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Cho, YG., Song, HJ., Lee, SK. et al. The relationship between body fat mass and erectile dysfunction in Korean men: Hallym Aging Study. Int J Impot Res 21, 179–186 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1038/ijir.2009.8
- body fat mass
- erectile dysfunction
- low body weight
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