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  • Either high or low BMI increases the risk for erectile dysfunction

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    Wednesday, October 03, 2007 5:41 am Email this article
    Men who are either heavy or very lean are more likely to have erectile dysfunction according to a study from the University of Hong Kong. Risk of Erectile Dysfunction

    Risk of Erectile Dysfunction according to BMI

    Compared to men with a body mass index (BMI) of 21-21.9 (quite lean), and after adjusting for age, general psychological health and whether or not they smoked, the risk of erectile dysfunction according to BMI was as follows:



    Conclusion: This is the first study to show an increased risk erectile dysfunction in both lean and obese men

    “This is the first study to demonstrate an U-shaped relationship [that is, an increased risk for both lean and heavy men] between BMI and [erectile dysfunction] risk, but only in men with no exercise, and to identify underweight as a risk factor for [erectile dysfunction],” Cheng and Ng concluded.


    Cheng J, Ng E. Body mass index, physical activity and erectile dysfunction: An u-shaped relationship from population-based study. Int J Obes (Lond). 2007 Oct, 31(10):1571-78.


    Dr JYW Cheng
    Department of Psychiatry
    Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
    University of Hong Kong
    Hong Kong
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