Metabolic syndrome and sexual dysfunction

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Abstract

Purpose of review

To describe the connection between metabolic syndrome and male sexual dysfunction.

Recent findings

Concurrent with the obesity epidemic, metabolic syndrome in the United States is reaching crisis levels. A myriad of comorbidities are rising as well, affecting cost and quality of life. Sexual dysfunction is one of these comorbidities, with an extremely high prevalence, which will only increase as the population ages.

Recent findings

In light of this ubiquity, recent research has explored the mechanisms of decreased libido, hypogonadism and erectile dysfunction through the lens of metabolic syndrome and its individual components. Strong associations are seen between male sexual dysfunction and central obesity, poor glycemic control, hyperlipidemia, as well as hypertension.

Summary

The constellation of risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome are linked to male sexual dysfunction and are largely modifiable. Therefore, effective interventions targeting the underlying pathophysiology have the potential to greatly impact and improve patient sexual function and, ultimately, quality of life.

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