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Tips for Dating Someone With Diabetes Type 1 – A Comprehensive Guide to Caring for a Partner

Tips for Dating Someone With Diabetes Type 1 – A Comprehensive Guide to Caring for a Partner

If you're dating someone with diabetes, congratulations. You've found your soulmate and they are a wonderful person who is just as excited about life as you are! If this is your first time dating someone with diabetes, then I want to share some tips that will help make dating them easier for both of us. In this blog post, I am going to cover 10 tips that can be helpful in caring for your partner when it comes to their health and managing their diabetes care.

In this Diabetic & Me article you will learn bout:

  • How does diabetes affect relationships?
  • Can diabetics marry?
  • How to date someone with diabetes?

How do you take care of your partner and make sure there are no complications such as low blood sugar levels? They say dating with diabetes. Here are tips and tricks to make it easier.

How does type 1 diabetes affect personal relationships?

There is a misconception that people with diabetes type 1 are not going to be able to have a fulfilling and successful relationship because of their illness, but this isn't always the case. There are many couples in which the person has type 1 and their partner does not. In most cases, they know what's required to care for them and live their life with them without being too taxing on their partner.

Here are some of the facts about caring for an individual living with type 1:

  • They need someone there to make sure they take their insulin shots, eat healthy food, and stay active on a regular basis
  • It is important for both parties to know what it feels like to be in each other's shoes
  • It's important to communicate how you feel and what your needs are before problems arise
  • Type-one diabetes can be an isolating disease that is difficult for any partner to fully understand. It takes patience, understanding, and deep love in order to help someone with type one manage their illness.
  • The person who has type one will need support from the other party every day because they have limited energy due to living with diabetes all of the time. One thing those dating them should know is that it may not always be easy or convenient but if you care about them then it shouldn't really matter. They're worth it!

Can type 1 diabetics marry?

Yes, type 1 diabetics can marry. Evidence of this can be seen in many people who have diabetes type 1 and their partner does not. They know what's required to care for them and live their life with them without being too taxing on their partner. As a diabetic myself I don't see any restrictions on why you can't marry or have a family with someone who doesn't have diabetes or has diabetes.

How do you look after someone with type 1 diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition that can be managed effectively with a careful diet, regular exercise, and diabetes medication. To look after someone with type 1 diabetes, make sure you know about what to do when someone is in an emergency situation and how long before they are back to normal.

Here are some topics that you can take into account when you date someone with diabetes or are living together with a person that has diabetes.

Is it hard to date someone with diabetes?

It can be hard to date someone with diabetes. But most of the time it goes really fluent and without problems. There are some things to be aware of and new habits to get into in order for the relationship to go well.

Try to find out how your partner wants to talk about their diabetes. Sometimes people want privacy and sometimes they don't mind if you know what's going on, but most likely they will appreciate you asking them how they prefer it.

Never forget to take care of yourself first; take the time to eat three healthy meals a day, get at least seven hours of sleep each night, drink lots of water, and exercise regularly.

What should I do if my boyfriend or girlfriend has diabetes?

If you're dating someone with diabetes, it's important to take care of him or her and also know the essentials in diabetes care.

  • Establish a routine for getting up in the morning.
  • It's important that your partner has access to food at all times, so make sure they have breakfast every day.
  • If he or she wants to avoid eating too many carbohydrates, there are other foods like protein bars, cereal, and oatmeal that he or she can eat instead.
  • It's also a good idea for him or her to have a snack before going out on an afternoon run.
  • Make sure your partner knows what time both lunch and dinner are so they know when it's okay for them to eat.
  • When taking care of your significant other, try not to be too controlling. It's okay to offer suggestions, but don't be overbearing.


The above article has provided you with a comprehensive guide to caring for a partner who suffers from diabetes. Along with the basics of diabetes care, there are guidelines in the article that will help you have a successful relationship with someone who has diabetes.

Remember: it can be hard dating someone with diabetes type I but it doesn't have to be difficult if you use these tips!


  • Sue

    I so appreciate how all consuming being a type 1 diabetic is and the relentless monitoring on a daily basis. However as a wife of a type 1 it is exhausting always being the supporter and not the supported. We too need caring! My husband had late onset Diabetes… aged74… which was a shock. He is doing brilliantly and now has a sensor but he has become totally self absorbed which is also shock! It has been three years now. I wish I could start a carers group so we can support each other.

    August 14, 2021

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Ely Fornoville

Hi, I'm Ely Fornoville and I am the founder of Diabetic & Me. Being a type 1 diabetic since 1996 I developed a passion to help people learn more about diabetes. I write about diabetes and share stories from other diabetics around the world.I am currently using a Freestyle Libre CGM and a Minimed 640G insulin pump with Humalog.

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