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Dating With Diabetes

So you’ve met someone, and they might be “the one!”

Butterflies in the stomach are normal on first dates. They’re enough to deal with that you don’t need the anxiety of wondering when and how to broach the topic of diabetes with your new flame.

Now or later? That’s up to you. Dealing with the situation immediately will take a weight off your shoulders, even if it can seem like a heavy thing to talk about at the beginning of a relationship. On the other hand, if you wait a few weeks, your significant other may feel like you weren’t open or trusting enough.

What kind of attitude should you have about it? Don’t be ashamed of your diabetes: it’s a part of your life, but it doesn’t define you. The more uncomfortable you are, the more uncomfortable you risk making the other person too, so don’t make too big a deal out of it. Being yourself and having a sense of humour are your best tools here.

What do you say? You don’t need to go into details about things like your medication or your mood swings when your blood sugar goes wild—leave a little mystery! Instead, let the other person ask their questions as they come.

What should you expect? It’s pointless to assume your diabetes will be a problem. You’ll know soon enough how the news is received, and everything will probably be fine. If not, your budding relationship may falter, but at least you’ll know the score… and you can move on to the next encounter.

And finally? If sparks are really flying between the two of you, diabetes shouldn’t change anything. Trust each other, relax, and most importantly, enjoy the good times you have together. Who knows? You may be made for each other!


American Diabetes Association, “Dating and Diabetes”: Accessed January 18, 2016., “Diabetes and Dating”: Accessed January 18, 2016.

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