What percent of the male population is affected by ED?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Technically, it’s about 6%. But that’s kind of like the person who has one hand in ice water and the other in boiling water. On average, he’s fine. What the 6% leaves out is that young men very rarely have erectile dysfunction (ED), unless they have physical trauma or a disease. Less than 2% of men in their 20s have ED. In their 50s, only 4% do. Rates rise in the 60s and 70s until, by age 75, nearly half of men can’t get and keep an erection. On the other hand, that means more than half can. You can increase the odds that you land in the lucky half in your late 70s and 80s by living a healthy life. Just about everything you can do to keep your heart healthy -- staying trim, exercising, eating right, letting stress slide off you like water off a duck’s back -- will increase your odds of staying sexually active throughout your life.

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