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Sleep Disorders

16 May 2011

Sleep tied to erectile dysfunction and incontinence

Sleep problems are associated with erectile dysfunction and urologic conditions such as incontinence, according to the results of two new studies.

Sleep problems are associated with erectile dysfunction and urologic conditions such as incontinence, according to the results of two new studies.

After they adjusted for age and other health conditions, the researchers found that men with erectile dysfunction were more than twice as likely to have OSA than those without erectile dysfunction. And the more severe the erectile dysfunction, the greater the likelihood of having OSA, the investigators noted. The finding suggests that men with erectile dysfunction should be screened for OSA, said the researchers at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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