Erectile dysfunction can strike at almost any age. However, it is most common in men over the age of 50, according to an article posted at WebMD.com. That article cites a research study, published in the “Annals of Internal Medicine,” which found that erectile function tends to decline sharply after the age of 50.
While ED is undeniably more common among older men, it would be incorrect to assume that the disorder is an inevitable consequence of the aging process. In fact, many men enjoy robust sexual function well into their late 70s and 80s.
High Cost of an Unhealthy Lifestyle
It is no coincidence, however, that ED symptoms tend to increase as men grow older. It’s not because they are older, per se, but rather because years of unhealthy lifestyle decisions almost inevitably lead to physical changes that impede vascular function, which is critical to healthy erectile function.
In fact, there has been an uptick in ED diagnoses among younger men in recent years that is due to a sharp increase in the abuse of both street and prescription drugs, including ED drugs. Recreational use of Viagra or other ED drugs, particularly in combination with heavy alcohol or illicit drug use, can lead to an early onset of ED.
If you fear that you may be on the road to an early ED diagnosis, it’s not too late to straighten up and fly right. Kick your unhealthy habits to the curb, and start eating a healthy diet, exercise on a regular basis, and stop smoking. Such positive lifestyle changes can sometimes reverse damage that’s already been done and could postpone indefinitely serious erection problems.
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