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 Diabetic & Me article you will learn bout:

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

In this blog post, I am going to cover a few tips that can be helpful in caring for your partner when it comes to their health and managing their diabetes care while dating or being in a serious relationship.


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 the case. There are many couples in which the person has type 1 or type 2 diabetes 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 diabetes:

  • 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, especially when you raise blood sugar levels
  • 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 diabetes manage their illness.
  • The person who has type one will need support from the other party every day. 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.

I have a successful relationship where my partner is very caring. She points out that it's time to change my insulin pump, measure my blood sugar with my continuous glucose monitor. Watch out when drinking alcohol and that I don't chug sugary drinks too much when I have low blood sugar.

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. It also doesn't matter if it's type 1 or type 2 diabetes. To look after someone with type 1 diabetes, make sure you know about what to do when someone is in an emergency like having low blood sugar levels or high blood sugars.

Here are some tips and tricks that you can take into account when you date someone with diabetes or are living together with a person that has diabetes;

  • Honest communication
  • Embrace the frustrating aspect
  • Make conversation light when talking about diabetes but take it serious
  • Keeping glucagon and carry pens, test strips, a lancing device, blood glucose meter, juice boxes, and other equipment on you at all times
  • Take supportive actions
  • Have a thoughtful approach when dealing with situations
  • Stay healthy together
  • Warn the diabetic about low blood sugar, when it's time to switch their insulin pump or switch injection spots
  • Don't overdo fast-acting sugar like glucose tablets when you have a low blood sugar

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 your help at any time.

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. The tips below can be combined with the tips mentioned earlier.

  • Establish a routine for getting up in the morning and going to sleep at night.
  • It's important that your partner has access to food at all times, so make sure they have a healthy 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 to take their medication.
  • When taking care of your significant other, try not to be too controlling. It's okay to offer suggestions, but don't be overbearing.

Conclusion

The above article has provided you with a comprehensive guide to caring for a partner who has 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 but it doesn't have to be difficult if you use these tips!

About the Author

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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