Title: Frailty and Sexual Health in Older European Men
Authors: Lee, David M ×
Tajar, Abdelouahid
Ravindrarajah, Rathi
Pye, Stephen R
O'Connor, Daryl B
Corona, Giovanni
O'Connell, Matthew
Gielen, Evelien
Boonen, Steven
Vanderschueren, Dirk
Pendleton, Neil
Finn, Joseph D
Bartfai, György
Casanueva, Felipe F
Forti, Gianni
Giwercman, Aleksander
Han, Thang S
Huhtaniemi, Ilpo T
Kula, Krzysztof
Lean, Michael E J
Punab, Margus
Wu, Frederick C W
O'Neill, Terence W
the European Male Aging Study Group #
Issue Date: Jul-2013
Publisher: Gerontological Society of America
Series Title: Journals of Gerontology A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences vol:68 issue:7 pages:837-844
Abstract: BACKGROUND: There has been little research on how late-life frailty interrelates with sexual health. Our objective was to examine the association of frailty with sexual functioning and satisfaction among older men. METHODS: The study population consisted of 1,504 men aged 60 to 79 years, participating in the European Male Aging Study. Self-report questionnaires measured overall sexual functioning, sexual function-related distress, and erectile dysfunction. Frailty status was defined using a phenotype (FP) or index (FI). Associations between frailty and sexual function were explored using regression models. RESULTS: Based on the frailty phenotype, 5% of men were classified as frail, and the mean frailty index was 0.18 (SD = 0.12). Frailty was associated with decreasing overall sexual functioning and increasing sexual function-related distress in multiple linear regressions adjusted for age, smoking, alcohol consumption, living arrangements, comorbidities, and depression. Frailty was also associated with an increased odds of erectile dysfunction after adjustment for the same confounders: odds ratio = 1.99 (95% confidence interval = 1.14, 3.48) and 4.08 (95% confidence interval = 2.63, 6.36) for frailty phenotype and frailty index, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Frailty was associated with impaired overall sexual functioning, sexual function-related distress, and erectile dysfunction. Individuals assessed for frailty-related deficits may also benefit from an appraisal of sexual health as an important aspect of well-being and quality of life.
ISSN: 1079-5006
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology
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