Obesity Affects Urinary and Sexual Health in Men

Posted on August 3rd, 2012 by

Men with larger waists may have a higher risk of erectile dysfunction and frequent urination. These results were published in the British Journal of Urology International.

More than two-thirds ofU.S.adults are overweight or obese. Excess body weight has been linked with several common health problems, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

Urinary and sexual problems are also common in men, but less is known about how obesity affects these problems. To address this question, researchers conducted a study among more than 400 men age 40 or older. All of the men had moderate-to-severe lower urinary tract symptoms such urinary frequency or urgency, incomplete bladder emptying, or weak urine stream.

The measure of body size that was used was waist circumference. Thirty-eight percent of men had a waist circumference less than 36 inches, 34% of men had a waist circumference of 36 to 40 inches, and 29% of men had a waist circumference of more than 40 inches.

  • Frequent urination (more than eight times in 24 hours) was reported by 39% of men with the largest waist size, 27% of men with intermediate waist size, and 16% of men with the smallest waist size.
  • Frequent urination at night (more than twice) was reported by 44% of men with the largest waist size, 29% of men with intermediate waist size, and 15% of men with the smallest waist size.
  • Erection problems were reported by 75 percent of men with the largest waist size, 50 percent of men with intermediate waist size, and 32 percent of men with the smallest waist size.

These results suggest that excess body weight may be linked with frequent urination and erectile dysfunction in men. Men who are overweight or obese may wish to talk with their doctor about strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Reference: Lee RK, Chung D, Chughtai B, Te AE, Kaplan SA. Central obesity as measured by waist circumference is predictive of severity of lower urinary tract symptoms. BJUI. 2012;110:540-5.

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