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Keywords:

  • benign prostatic hyperplasia;
  • erectile dysfunction;
  • LUTS;
  • metabolic syndrome;
  • overactive bladder

Abstract

It is becoming increasingly clear that a variety of metabolic, cardiovascular, and endocrine factors contribute to male pelvic health. In particular, a growing body of evidence suggests a relationship between lower urinary tract symptoms, benign prostatic hyperplasia, overactive bladder, erectile dysfunction, and the metabolic syndrome. This article explores these relationships, focusing on the role of the autonomic nervous system and hyperinsulinemia, together with their implications for urological practice. Neurourol. Urodynam. 29:1360–1364, 2010. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.