Elevated body mass index (BMI) may predispose to several pelvic pathologies.
We tested the association between BMI and five end points, namely, (i) erectile dysfunction (ED); (ii) lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS); (iii) chronic prostatitis-associated pain (CPP); and ejaculatory dysfunction that is subdivided between (iv) pain/discomfort on ejaculation; and (v) subjectively decreased ejaculate volume.
Age, height, and weight were prospectively recorded in a cohort of 590 consecutive healthy men undergoing prostate cancer screening. Continuously coded and categorized BMI (World Health Organization classification) were studied.
Age-adjusted analyses relied on logistic and linear regression models, according to data type.
The average age was 54.1 years (range 30-83). Of all, 296 were overweight (50.2%, BMI 25-29.9 kg/m(2)) and 85 were obese (14.4%, BMI > or = 30 kg/m(2)). After age adjustment, elevated continuously coded BMI (P