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Is aging a factor for erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
If the seemingly ubiquitous ads for medications like Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are any indication, erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem that mainly affects middle-aged and older men. It's true that erectile problems appear to increase as men get older: According to the large Massachusetts Male Aging Study, the incidence of ED in men age 70 and older is triple that found in 40-year-old men. Other research suggests that half of all men between the ages of 70 and 78 have ED, compared to 20 percent of men in their fifties.

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