Can men over 80 have an erection?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There is no statute of limitations on getting an erection or having sex. More than half of men over age 75 can still have erections. One way to insure you will be one of them is to avoid erection-sabotaging illnesses (and the medications that treat them) that hit older men in much greater numbers: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other conditions that cause erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex. How to avoid these killers of your sex life? Pretty simple. Keep your body healthy by shelving junk food for a nutritious diet, keep moving every day, and deflecting stress. Always talk with your doctor about whether you're physically up for sex. If so, get to work—and enjoy it!
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you keep your ticker healthy and your body in shape, you can have an erection over age 80. In fact, more than half of men (53%) over age 75 can achieve an erection. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not an inevitable part of aging. The best way to prevent ED is to have healthy lifestyle habits that let you prevent diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and other chronic diseases. You may need more stimulation if you’re an older guy, and you will likely need more time between erections. Still, many older men get erections and passionately enjoy sex. Even if you do get ED, it is treatable—at any age.

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