Erectile dysfunction (ED) is often typified as an issue for older men. With many potential causes, ranging from high blood pressure to type 2 diabetes, it is very common in middle age and beyond.
What is less often discussed is the fact younger men can be susceptible too. While it’s hard to know the precise proportion, not least because so many men are too embarrassed to see a doctor, what we do know is that many 20- and 30-somethings are suffering in silence.
One study found that ED affected 26% of men under 40, half of whom had severe ED. Other research, from the Massachusetts Male Ageing Study, has suggested that the proportion of men with mild or moderate ED correlates roughly with their decade in life (50% of men in their 50s, 70% of men in their 70s, etc).
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