Start Dating a diabetic

Dating a diabetic

That doesn't mean you need to reveal it during introductions or even on your first date, but the longer you wait, the harder it will be.

"It's going to be a tiny, tiny portion of all the people you're going to see in your life." We often project our own feelings about diabetes onto the person we're dating.

If you see diabetes as something to be ashamed of, or if you see yourself as somehow deficient simply because of your diabetes, you may expect others to treat you accordingly.

This is especially true if you have type 1 diabetes because it's harder to hide insulin injections or a pump, and you're more likely to need to treat lows.

"I professionally believe if you're in a serious relationship, your significant other should be told," says Laura Smith, Ph D, a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of South Florida Diabetes Center.

His confidence in me for support has improved the relationship significantly. To get involved, you have got to know about the unique needs of your significant other, so once again, ask questions to see how that person would best like you to get involved.

Here is what has helped me help him manage his diabetes and strengthen our relationship: Ask questions. Based on my experience, diabetes and dating means doable.

If you’re stressing about when to tell your date about your diabetes (or whether you should keep it a secret after all), take heart: “There’s no rule book you don’t know about,” says William Polonsky, Ph D, CDE, a psychologist, diabetes educator, and founder and CEO of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute.