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Men's lifestyle linked to reproductive health

A study by researchers from Andrology Australia has established a link between reproductive health disorders and lifestyle factors more often associated with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

06 Jun 2010

A study by researchers from Andrology Australia has established a link between reproductive health disorders and lifestyle factors more often associated with chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

The Andrology Australia MATeS study found that low physical activity and being very underweight were linked to erectile dysfunction and perceived symptoms of testosterone deficiency. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease were linked to erectile dysfunction, and hypertension was strongly linked to lower urinary tract symptoms and perceived symptoms of androgen deficiency.

“The overlap between reproductive health and general health identified in this study adds more evidence to the notion that reproductive health should not be considered separately from general health in middle-aged and older men,” said Prof Rob McLachlan, Director of Andrology Australia.

Depression was also strongly associated with all reproductive health disorders studied. Prof McLachlan said although other studies had shown links between erectile dysfunction and depression, this was the first to establish links with other male reproductive health disorders within the same population.

He said the finding highlighted the effects of reproductive health disorders on men’s quality of life, emphasising that health professionals needed to consider psychological wellbeing when diagnosing and treating patients with these reproductive health conditions.

The study has been published in BMC Public Health.


Published: 06 Jun 2010