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What age is it normal to develop erectile dysfunction?

Historically, erectile dysfunction has been seen as a problem for men in their golden years. The common conception is that erectile dysfunction is an inevitable problem for older men, as unavoidable as back problems and wrinkling skin.

While it’s true that erectile dysfunction may one day strike as you age, it’s a serious misconception that ED is only a problem for the elderly. Extensive research has found that ED is becoming more and more commonplace amongst the younger generation, and the median age for ED is lowering.

A study published in the July 2013 issue of Journal of Sexual Medicine revealed that ED is on the rise amongst younger men, with researchers finding that ED affected 26 percent of adult men under 40. After 40, the percentage of men affected by ED rose, with 50% of men in their 50s reporting ED, 60% in their 60s, and so on.

Researchers attribute this rise in ED prevalence to various factors, including more stressful lifestyles, higher rates of alcohol consumption, and depression.


While erectile dysfunction has commonly been seen as a problem exclusive to older men, the simple fact is that it’s affecting more and more young men every day.

Making positive lifestyle changes, eating better, and getting active can help you to avoid becoming a statistic as a younger man with ED.

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