How serious is erectile dysfunction in men's lives? Comparative data from Korean adults

How serious is erectile dysfunction in men's lives? Comparative data from Korean adults
antidiabetic agent; insulin; adult; aged; article; chronic otitis media; chronic sinusitis; comparative study; controlled study; dementia; diabetes mellitus; erectile dysfunction; heart infarction; hemodialysis; herpes zoster; human; hypertension; liver cancer; lung cancer; major clinical study; male; quality of life; questionnaire; sexual function; stomach cancer
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Korean Journal of Urology, v.54, no.7, pp.467 - 471
Purpose: Whereas sexual function has long been assumed to be an important component of adult men's lives, the impact of sexual dysfunction has not been estimated in parallel to other modern disease entities. We compared the seriousness of erectile dysfunction (ED) with that of other diseases by use of self-administered questionnaires. Materials and Methods: Between January 2012 and July 2012, 434 healthy male volunteers (group 1) and 263 ED patients (group 2) were enrolled. The questionnaire consisted of the following: If you must undergo only one disease in all your life, which disease could you select among these items or ED? The comparative disease entities included hypertension, diabetes mellitus (oral hypoglycemic agent/insulin injection), hemodialysis, myocardial infarction, herpes zoster, chronic sinusitis, chronic otitis media, gastric cancer (early/late), lung cancer (early/late), liver cancer (early/late), and dementia. Results: Group 1 recognized ED as being a more serious disease than hypertension, diabetes mellitus (oral hypoglycemic agent), herpes zoster, chronic sinusitis, and chronic otitis media. In comparison, group 2 recognized ED as being a more serious condition than diabetes mellitus (insulin injection) and dementia (p<0.001 and p<0.001, respectively). In particular, ED was deemed to be more serious than hemodialysis, gastric cancer (early), lung cancer (early), and liver cancer (early) by men in group 2 in their 30s to 40s, and these results were statistically significant compared with the same age subgroups in group 1 (p<0.001, p<0.007, p<0.02, and p<0.007, respectively). Conclusions: In contrast with their healthy counterparts, Korean men with ED recognized ED as being as serious as hemodialysis, dementia, and early stage cancer, which reflects the severe bother of ED in Korean patients. ? The Korean Urological Association, 2013.
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