We know that having diabetes can be a tough thing to bring up and navigate in any relationship – whether romantic or platonic. But we also know that it’s important you do it. Because you spend a lot of time with your friends, it’s vital for your physical and emotional health that they at least have a basic understanding of what you live with on a daily basis.
Did you know that the term “Type 3” refers to the friends and loved ones of a Person With Diabetes (PWD)? Check out some of the information and resources below to help you figure out what to say to your Type 3s and when. Think about it as expanding your support system.
Having “the talk” with your friends
This printable document will walk you through the points that you should be going over when you tell your friends about your diabetes. It’s useful for anyone who’s a big part of your life – significant others, roommates, neighbors, and best friends included!
Romantic relationships can sometimes be tricky to navigate with diabetes.
Whether you’re going on a first date, or have been with someone for a while, it can be difficult to determine what part (if any) you want them to play in your diabetes care.
Here are some resources to help you figure out what you need in a relationship, courtesy of other PWDs. Keep in mind that everyone is different. That means that whatever you need from your partner is unique to you – and that’s okay. There is no normal.
Real world experiences
Check out the following tips, blogs, and articles - first hand experiences of dating with T1D.
- Thought Catalog: The Lowest Low. The Highest High.
- Insulin Nation: Diabetes and a Girl, Love in the Time of Diabetes
- Non Diabetic’s Guide to Helping Loved Ones with Diabetes
- Diabetes Mine: The Diabetic Dating Thing
- Diabetes Mine: 10 Things We Women with Diabetes Want You to Know
- Diabetes Mine: Treating Lows (Also in the Bedroom)
- Diabetes Mine: Healthy Sex, Healthy Love
- Diabetes Mine: How’s Your Love Life?
- A Sweet Life: Tethered to the Body
- A Sweet Life: Diabetes and Sex, When Hypoglycemia Gets in the Way
- A Sweet Life: Thoughts on Love
- A Sweet Life: 5 Qualities a Diabetic Looks For In A Partner
- Six Until Me: How to Have Sex with an Insulin Pump
- Kayla’s Life Notes: I am Lucky
- JDRF: Type 1 Diabetes and Romantic Relationships