What percentage of men in their 80s have erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
For many people, each passing decade brings with it a greater risk for a laundry list of medical conditions. If you're a male, erectile dysfunction (ED) can be one of them. One of the most recent studies to look at the incidence of erectile dysfunction among aging men found that 47% over the age of 75 had completely lost the ability to have and sustain an erection. That suggests that more than half of men over 80 have erectile dysfunction.

Despite the scary statistics, though, know this much: Erectile dysfunction isn't inevitable. The condition most often occurs due to other underlying problems, such as heart disease or diabetes. Take care of your body, see your doctor regularly, and you may be able to sustain a healthy sex life into your eighth decade, and beyond.
Findings show that as many as 40 percent of men in their 80s have erectile dysfunction. Symptoms of ED may include difficulty maintaining a complete erection, having brief erections that do not stay strong, or inconsistent erections. There is treatment for ED at any age, so talk to your doctor if you have erectile dysfunction.

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