Can men over 70 have an erection?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
The really good news is that erections are an equal opportunity occurrence in guys: Thankfully, older men are capable of having as many erections as younger men. If a man stays in fighting trim, eats right, and maintains good health, he can have an erection—and good sex—well into his 70s and beyond. The only reason erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and maintain an erection during sex, is more common among older men is because larger numbers of them unfortunately suffer from cardiovascular disease. Older men are also more prone to erection-sabotaging illnesses such as diabetes and take medications that cause ED. If you're otherwise physically able to engage in sex, then a 70-year-old can, and should, just do it.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Yes, sir! Many men still swing the clubs well into their 70s, even their 80s and beyond. Certainly, the incidence of erectile dysfunction (ED) rises with age. In the 50s, only about 4% of men have a total inability to achieve an erection. That rises to 17% in the 60s, and to 47% after age 75. Looking on the bright side, this means that more than half of men over age 75 can still get an erection. Want to be a member of the lucky half? The key to preventing ED is a healthy lifestyle: Keep your weight normal, exercise regularly, eat a heart-healthy diet, manage your blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower your stress level. Keep in mind that what’s good for the heart is good for the woody.

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