Obesity and overweight are independent risk factors of erectile dysfunction (ED). It is controversial whether weight loss can improve erectile function. We thereby performed this meta-analysis to clarify the therapeutic effect of weight loss on erectile function in overweight or obese men. Literature search was conducted on databases including Cochrane Library, Embase, Web of Science and PubMed to obtain all relevant English articles published before March 1, 2021. The primary outcome was final International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) score or change in IIEF score. The secondary outcome was final body weight and body mass index (BMI) or change in body weight and BMI. After screening, 5 studies with 619 participants were enrolled in our meta-analysis. Our result showed that the mean difference in body weight between weight loss group and control group was -18.07 kg with p < .01, and the mean difference in BMI was -9.6 kg/m2 with p < .01. The mean difference of IIEF between weight loss group and control group was 1.99 with p < .01. This meta-analysis showed that weight loss could improve erectile function in overweight or obese men. Losing weight could serve as an adjuvant therapy for ED.
Keywords: erectile dysfunction; obesity; overweight; weight loss.
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