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Am J Mens Health. 2015 May;9(3):247-56. doi: 10.1177/1557988314543657. Epub 2014 Jul 24.

Study on alcohol dependence and factors related to erectile dysfunction among aborigines in Taiwan.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Yuli branch, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Hualien, Taiwan Department of Health Administration, Tzu Chi College of Technology, Hualien County, Taiwan
  • 2Department of Statistics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan.
  • 3Graduate School of Human Sexuality, Shu-Te University, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
  • 4Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei, Taiwan Department of Urology, Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 5Division of Urology, Shin Kong Wu Ho-Su Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.


Relatively few studies have addressed the risk factors of erectile dysfunction (ED) in Taiwanese- most have described ED and medical problems in the general population. In this study, the cardiovascular risk factors of ED among aborigines in Taiwan were investigated. However, alcohol dependence (AD) was prevalent in Taiwan's aborigine population. So this study also focused on the relationship among AD, the cardiovascular risk factors and ED. A cross-sectional study was conducted, and data was obtained from a baseline survey of 192 aboriginal adults (35-75 years of age). The participants' demographic data, AD, markers of endothelial function, serum testosterone, and ED status were assessed. Ninety-four (49%) of the 192 participants had a history of alcoholism and 79 (84%) of those with alcoholism had ED. The study reported that AD and hyperlipidemia, metabolic syndrome (MetS), ED, abnormality of testosterone, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein are highly prevalent among the aborigines. Factors that may affect ED included age, AD, central obesity, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, MetS, and testosterone. ED is highly prevalent among aborigines with the risk factors of AD, MetS, old age, and abnormal testosterone serum level. MetS, atherosclerosis, and ED are risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Hence, an increased focus on Taiwanese aborigines with ED is necessary.

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aborigine; alcohol dependence; erectile dysfunction; testosterone

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