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What percent of the male population has a moderate to severe form of ED?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Have you turned on a TV lately? With all the ads for drugs to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), you might think every male in the United States is having problems in the bedroom. While the situation isn't quite that dire, research shows that erectile dysfunction that is serious enough to affect quality of life is a common problem, especially among older men.

One large study, involving more than 31,000 men, found that 12% of males between the ages 50 and 59 have moderate to severe erectile dysfunction. Among men in their 60s, the number jumps to 22%. At 70 and older, the portion of men with moderate to severe erectile dysfunction is even higher: 30%.

What these statistics don't say, though, is that erectile dysfunction is not an inevitable part of aging. Practicing healthy habits can lower your risk, so keep your weight down, get plenty of exercise, and don't smoke.
While an estimated 30 million men have some form of erectile dysfunction (ED), findings show that about 35% of men ages 40 to 70 have moderate to severe erectile dysfunction. Complete erectile dysfunction affects 15% of men age 70 and older, according to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study.

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