Diabetes and intimate relationships

Intimate relationships present some extra issues to think about and find your way through:

  • When to tell a person you are dating about diabetes is entirely your choice.  It might be influenced by factors such as how well you know them, how comfortable you feel discussing it, the amount of time you are spending together (being discrete about checking glucose levels and using insulin may cause more difficulty than openly sharing the basics), and whether or not you are considering physical intimacy/sex.
  • Intimacy and sex can affect and be affected by glucose levels. You might want to share with a sexual partner in advance about diabetes and the risk of hypo following sex (this doesn’t need to be a long and detailed conversation, but it can be helpful to fill the person in on the basics).

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