This report from the Krimpen study explored the relationship between the determinants for worsening of erectile function in the open population. In Krimpen aan den IJssel (a municipality near Rotterdam), all men aged 50-75 years, without cancer of the prostate or the bladder and without a history of radical prostatectomy or neurogenic bladder disease, were invited to participate in June 1995. The response rate was 50%. The follow-up was until June 2004. At baseline a visit to a health centre for the measurement of urinalysis, height, weight and blood pressure was part of the ongoing study. During baseline and at the first follow-up, second follow-up and third follow-up, a self-administered booklet consisting of a compilation of validated questionnaires including the International Continence Society male sex questionnaire was completed. At the urology outpatient clinic, a urological workup was measured. All participants were asked to keep a frequency-volume chart for 3 days. A multivariate Cox-proportional hazard model was constructed to find the determinants of worsening of erectile function, correcting for age. Total follow-up time was 4948 person years consisting of 975 men. During follow-up, 441 events of worsening of erectile function occurred. Multivariate Cox-proportional hazard ratio analyses showed that body mass index (BMI), irritative lower urinary tract symptoms, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and sexual inactivity were determinants with significant hazard ratios. In addition to age, determinants for a deterioration of erectile function based on multivariate longitudinal analyses are BMI, diabetes mellitus, COPD, sexual inactivity and irritative IPSS. The mechanism of various determinants is discussed.

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International Journal of Andrology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam