- 1 in 5 men seeking medical help for erectile dysfunction (ED) have blood glucose levels in the prediabetes range.
Why this matters
- "Identifying [prediabetes] status in ED men is clinically relevant in order to adopt preventive strategies to attempt and reduce risk of developing [diabetes] and subsequent cardiovascular diseases," say researchers.
- The researchers analyzed clinical and laboratory data for sexually active, consecutive patients seeking medical help for new-onset ED (n=372; mean age, 54.8 years; age range, 18-70 years; 100% white men).
- They used descriptive statistics and logistic regression models to test the associations among clinical variables, prediabetes status, and severe ED.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- Overall, 86 patients (23.1%) had prediabetes blood glucose levels.
- Men with prediabetes status had lower total testosterone, higher triglycerides, and higher total cholesterol (all P<.03>
- Severe ED was associated with prediabetes status, after accounting for BMI, comorbidities, alcohol consumption, and cigarette smoking (OR, 3.37; P=.004).
- The study was retrospective, cross-sectional, and single-center.