Gout as a risk factor for Erectile Dysfunction


According to a recent study by Naomi Schlesinger (From the Division of Rheumatology, Rutgers University, New Jersey), gout seems to be associated with an increased risk of developing Erectile dysfunction.

Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common in the general population; however, evidence regarding ED among patients with gout is limited.

The researchers conducted a cohort study using The Health Improvement Network, an electronic medical record database in the United Kingdom.

This population-based study suggests that gout is associated with an increased risk of developing ED, supporting a possible role for hyperuricemia and inflammation as independent risk factors for ED.


Schlesinger N, Lu N, Choi HK. Gout and the risk of incident erectile dysfunction: a body mass index-matched population-based study [published online July 15, 2018]. J Rheumatol. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.170444