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So can blood sugar, hypoglycemia and diabetes, affect my erection? And any suggestions for the uninsured male on what I can do to help this problem?

Sarah: A lot of things can affect your capacity for hardness, including diabetes as well as other chronic illnesses. Since I know this anecdotally from a Netflix documentary, I will gracefully bow out of answering any more of this question from a medical perspective. On the latter half, sign up for insurance through the ACA! The marketplace has enormously diversified since insurers realized the ACA was going to stick.

Debby: Yes, a range of health problems can affect sexual function, including erections. Men who have uncontrolled or poorly treated diabetes are at a particularly high risk of developing erectile difficulties, not to mention serious health problems. The Affordable Care Act has meant that millions more Americans can access health insurance now and I would encourage you to look into your options for healthcare, not just for sex but more generally. A healthcare provider can talk with you about lifestyle modifications (e.g., diet, exercise) that may help as well as any medical treatments that may be recommended. 

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